Remembering our fallen together

13 November 2017 in Events and Mayor
Residents from across the borough joined Mayor Sir Robin Wales and members of the Royal British Legion at remembrance services across the borough to honour those who died serving their country in the two world wars and conflicts since.
Remembrance Sunday service
​More than 1,000 people, including schoolchildren and councillors, attended events across Newham to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice as well as those currently serving in the armed forces.

Councillor Paul Sathianesan laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Central Park, East Ham on Friday 10 November as part of the Armistice Day commemorations organised by St Joachim’s Roman Catholic Primary School with support from Newham Council. Children laid wreaths after observing a two-minute silence.

Children from several Manor Park schools joined Councillor Ken Clark, Deputy Mayor (statutory), for a local act of remembrance on Wednesday 8 November in Plashet Park in East Ham. Children from Little Ilford, Sir John Heron, Dersingham, William Davies, Essex and Grangewood Independent primary schools took part in the event.

On Remembrance Sunday, 12 November, Mayor Sir Robin Wales laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Central Park, East Ham at a service led by Reverend Fred Ashford-Okai, the Chaplain to the East Ham and District branch of the Royal British Legion. The service began with a parade to the Cenotaph from Newham Town Hall and a two minute silence at 11am signalled by a shot fired from a field

Three other Remembrance Sunday Services were held in Newham on Remembrance Sunday. Reverend Stephen Chandler led the service at All Saints West Ham Parish Church, attended by Councillor Ken Clark; St Luke’s Memorial in Canning Town was attended by Councillor Lester Hudson; and a service at St Mark’s Memorial Church, in the grounds of Brick Lane Music Hall, North Woolwich was attended by Councillor Paul Sathianesan.

Sir Robin said: “Remembrance Sunday is an important act of collective remembrance. It allows us as a nation to come together to honour the sacrifices of those men and women who have given their lives serving and protecting their country. It also allows us to express our gratitude to those who serve in our armed forces today.

“These events help us to remember, not just those who served in the two World Wars, but also those who have been involved in more recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan. We must never forget what they have done for us.”