On Remembrance Sunday, people across the constituency came together in a minute’s silence to commemorate all those from our area who gave their todays for our tomorrows and pay tribute to those who survived. We remembered all the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in conflicts around the world. In their names, we will strive for a more peaceful world free from the horrors of war.
I was with elected representatives from across our borough first thing to lay wreaths at Lambeth Town Hall and at the Commonwealth Memorial in Windrush Square with my colleagues Florence Eshalomi MP and Helen Hayes MP. At 11am, I was at the Streatham War Memorial to observe the two-minute silence. In the afternoon, I joined the Nubian Jak Community Trust at the Commonwealth Memorial in Windrush Square to commemorate the tens of thousands of Commonwealth soldiers who served, many making the ultimate sacrifice.
It was great to talk to some of the soldiers who served in our armed forces today, including members of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women and Jamaican Ex-Military Veterans’ Association UK. These Remembrance Sunday events wouldn’t be possible without the committed efforts of our local community so thank you once again to everyone who helped to put this year’s events on.
I was also honoured to plant a stake in Parliament’s Constituency Garden of Remembrance ahead of Remembrance Sunday to remember all those from Streatham who lost their lives serving in our armed forces. This year’s stake commemorates Alfred White, who lived on Grove Road in SW16 and served in the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. He lost his life on the 26th August 1914, just weeks after the outbreak of the First World War. He was aged just 20, making him one of the first British casualties of the war.