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H&F Mayor Cllr Mercy Umeh lays a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday service on Shepherds Bush Green

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People marked the sacrifices made in the First World War and every conflict since at services in Shepherds Bush and Fulham.

A two-minute’s silence was held at 11am, after separate parades in the north and south of the borough to mark Remembrance Sunday on 13 November. The silence marked the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 during World War One, when the guns of Europe fell silent.

“It was moving to see so many people honouring the fallen and all the servicemen and women who have put their lives in danger to help keep us safe,” said H&F Mayor, Cllr Mercy Umeh.

“The sacrifices they have made, both in the past and in the present, should never be forgotten.”

A remembrance service was also held at Fulham Cemetery last week, where Fulham FC team players joined local schoolchildren.

Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and striker Cauley Woodrow attended the service which was led by Fulham FC Chaplain Rev Gary Piper. It included presentations and poems on the Battle of the Somme read out by Year 6 pupils from Sir John Lillie Primary School. 

Marcus said: “It’s an opportunity for us to reflect and to show our gratitude and respect for everything our brave soldiers did for the freedom we enjoy, and sometimes take for granted, today.

“The children spoke and read out lovely poems and visiting the war graves is really moving. What we do compared to what they’ve done is nothing so it’s only right to say thank you and show our respects.”

The cemetery has 238 out of the 300,000 war graves and memorials across the UK maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Remembrance Day: Shepherds Bush

The service at Shepherds Bush which was led by Father Richard Nesbitt, parish priest at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in White City, and Rev Simon Collington of St Simon’s Church in Shepherds Bush.

It was preceded by a march – led by Cllr Mercy Umeh – from Sulgrave Road to the war memorial in Shepherds Bush Green. The service was followed by a march past along Shepherds Bush Road where the mayor took the salute from the procession.

Remembrance Day: Fulham

The Fulham procession started at Parsons Green, led by H&F’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Daryl Brown. The service was then led by Rev Penny Seabrook, associate vicar of All Saints Church in the church’s Vicarage Gardens.

It was followed by a march across the High Street to Fulham House where a saluting dais was erected.

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