Remembrance Sunday

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Image caption: Image 1: Remembrance Sunday service at Fulham War Memorial

It’s the time when we stop what we’re doing and make time to think about those who have made our freedom possible. Remembrance Sunday 2022 is our opportunity to salute the service and sacrifice of our armed forces.

A two-minute silence will be held at 11am on Sunday 13 November at the war memorials in both Shepherds Bush and Fulham.

Parades will be held in both the north and south of the borough. Each parade will be followed by a service.

The silence marks the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 at the end of the First World War, when the guns of Europe fell silent. The ceremonies mark the sacrifices made in that conflict, in the Second World War, and in every conflict since.

“The Remembrance services in Fulham and Shepherds Bush are a chance to think about – and pay tribute to – those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all,” said Cllr Emma Apthorp, Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham.

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Image caption: Image 2: Remembrance Sunday service at Shepherds Bush War Memorial

Parade - Shepherds Bush War Memorial

A procession will begin at Sulgrave Road, off Shepherds Bush Road, at 10.35am before the open-air service at the war memorial on Shepherds Bush Green, attended by Cllr Daryl Brown, Deputy Mayor of H&F.

The service will be conducted by Father Richard Nesbitt of Our Lady of Fatima Church and Reverend Cameron Collington of St Simon’s Church.

After the service, there will be a march in Shepherds Bush Road by local Army reservists, Army cadets, the Burma Star Association, faith leaders, Hammersmith Scout groups, Metropolitan Police officers and London Fire Brigade cadets.

The Deputy Mayor will take the salute before the parade is dismissed in Westwick Gardens.

Parade - Fulham War Memorial

The procession will begin at Parsons Green at 10.35am and head along New Kings Road to the Fulham War Memorial open-air service in Vicarage Gardens, where H&F Mayor, Cllr Emma Apthorp will attend.

The service will be led by Penny Seabrook, Vicar of All Saints’ church, Fulham.

The service will be followed by a march by military and ex-service groups and local youth organisations across Fulham High Street to Fulham House where the Mayor will take the salute before the parade is dismissed.

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Image caption: Image 3: The Shepherds Bush parade in 2021

Everyone welcome

Residents are welcome to take part in just the services by going to either Shepherds Bush Green or Vicarage Gardens before 11am.

Following last year’s strict Covid rules on gatherings, Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity for the community to come together to collectively thank the uniformed forces for their service and sacrifice, or to place personal tributes of poppy wreathes, wooden crosses and remembrance sticks at the foot of the memorials.

Poppy Appeal

Poppy collectors will be out again this year but you can also donate in other ways to support The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

Hymns of Remembrance

Following traditions established on Armistice Day 1919, the national anthem and a variety of hymns are sung at Remembrance services every year.

To help you mark Remembrance Sunday, we have a selection of hymns performed by The Music BoxA'pellas.

The following links all open on YouTube.

Executive produced by: Music Box Live Style
Produced by: Dwayne Patrick
Directed by: Heydee Dewald
Recorded at: Cool Box Studios
Filmed at: IntroNation

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