Tributes for Remembrance centenary

This year’s Remembrance Day is especially significant as it marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion, 100 years since the nation’s collective Remembrance traditions were first brought together.

Armistice Day, commemorating the anniversary of the ceasefire which marked the end of the First World War in 1918, is on Thursday 11 November. The usual Remembrance parade and service in Chiswick will go ahead as usual on Remembrance Sunday, 14 November. Starting at the Memorial Club at 10.30 the procession will make its way to the war memorial on Turnham Green for 10.45 am.

Local  churches are each holding their own services of Remembrance. St Michael’s Church in Elmwood Rd starts its service at 10.55 am outside the church with the Last Post. St Michael and All Angels Church in Bath Rd starts its service at 9.45 am with a Choral Requiem Mass, after which the congregation will file outside to the memorial outside the church for a two minute silence.

Image above: Jamie White after participating in the Poppy Run for the Royal British Legion

“Remembering the fallen has always been important for many, including myself”

Jamie White, a former member of St Michael and All Angel’s Youth Church, and an enthusiastic volunteer at the Bedford Park Festival and Chiswick Book Festival, recently ran in the annual Poppy Run for the Royal British Legion. To Jamie’s surprise ITV News were on scene and recorded the event, they interviewed him afterwards.

The event took place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The distance was 5km and the 400 competitors could choose to run or walk. James chose to run to try and beat his personal best, which he did, completing the run in 24 minutes and 21 seconds. He finished the race in 18th.

Writing for St Michael and all Angels’ website, James said:

‘The Royal British Legion means a lot to me and I have always tried to help in any way I can, whether it was buying or selling Poppies in public locations, during my time with St Benedict’s School Combined Army Cadet Force or the Surrey Army Cadet Force, both of which I was part of for several years. I’m fortunate to come from a military family: my father is a British Army Colonel and my late grandpa was a British Army Captain.

‘Today I ran in the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Run to remember the fallen, with a few fellow teammates of the London University Royal Naval Unit, which I recently joined whilst studying History BA at Royal Holloway (I’m in my first year out of 3). We are all Officer Cadets and Royal Naval Reserves and we train weekly at HMS President and do lots of ceremonial public display and events, so the run today was not accidental.’

‘It is such a fantastic event, I loved every second of it, great atmosphere, a truly iconic location and for [an] unforgettable cause. I will certainly be practising for next year’s annual Poppy Run in 2022 when they predict there will be over 1,000 competitors.’

Images above: Uniformed military personnel selling poppies on TfL services, some of London’s double deckers get a poppy-themed paint job.

TfL ‘extremely proud’ to support RBL fundraising

TfL has partnered with the Royal British Legion (RBL) to support their fundraising, with collections at 50 stations across London. More than 3,000 volunteers and fundraisers have come together to collect donations across the TfL Rail and Underground network, including members of the Armed Forces from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Donations, which can now be made via contactless, help the RBL provide critical support to members and veterans of the armed services, as well as their families and dependents. Some of TfL’s staff are veterans themselves whose service gave them critical skills for the jobs they do now.

As always, all London stations will fall silent at the stroke of 11.00am Thursday 11 November. On Remembrance Sunday (14 November), members of the London Transport Old Comrades Association will participate in the Remembrance Day Parade to the Cenotaph.

Andy Lord, Managing Director for London Underground at Transport for London, said:

“TfL has a longstanding relationship with the Royal British Legion, and we are extremely proud to support their fundraising for veterans, serving personnel and their families. We had to reduce charity collections in our stations last year due to lockdown restrictions, so we’re happy to welcome back RBL volunteers into our stations for the Poppy Appeal and help raise money for this incredible charity.”

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