ON the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, east London came to a standstill to pay its respects to all of the nation’s fallen heroes.
A moving silence struck across the boroughs as hundreds stood with their heads bowed down to mark this incredible occasion. Services were held all across the east of the capital to mark the hundred years’ armistice and to pay tribute to all of the heroes who gave their life for us.
In Havering, services were held right across the borough to pay tribute to its service men and women who fought so gallantly to give us the freedom we now have.
In Romford, a parade was held across the town lead by the British Royal Legion and including service men and women, the emergency services and local dignitaries Havering’s
Mayor and Mayoress Councillors Dilip and Nisha Patel, Romford MP Andrew Rosindell and Havering’s Chief Executive Mr Andrew Blake-Herbert.
The parade ended at the town hall where from there, an emotional ceremony was held in Coronation Gardens.
Attended by hundreds who came out to participate in this special service, many proudly wearing their medals.
Silence at eleven o clock as the crowd stood still, some with tears in their eyes remembering their loved ones who died in battle.
The Revered Mike Power, vicar of St Edward the Confessor Church led the service that included three other religious leaders, one being Rabbi Lee Sunderland. The choir from the St Edward the Confessor Church sang a section of moving hymns which many members of the crowd also joined in with.
Havering’s Mayor Councillor Patel told The Enquirer: “It is very important that we remember our fallen men and women and the current armed services serving to keep our country safe.
“We must never forget the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”
Many servicemen and women stood proudly at the ceremony remembering all those who lost their lives in the war.
Romford MP Andrew Rosindell told The Enquirer: “This is a very special year being the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War.
“I think of the last hundred years and how privileged we have been to live in a free society and it is because of the sacrifices that were made by those brave people a hundred years ago that give us the freedom that we have that we must secure for the future.
“Future generations have just as much of a duty to guarantee our freedom as our past generations.
“Im Proud to be here today to see the enormous response from local people to celebrate that our country remains a free society.”
An ex service man present at the service told The Enquirer “I come here each year to remember family and colleagues who have died in different wars and to thank them for giving up their lives to give us a future.”