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 2021 is our opportunity to salute the service and sacrifice of our armed forces.
A two-minute silence will be held at 11am on Sunday 14 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.
“Each year, on this Sunday, we stop to remember those whose lives were taken so that we could have the freedoms we know and value today,” said Cllr PJ Murphy, Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham.
“This occasion allows our whole community to come together to reflect on and remember those from all walks of life, who were tragically taken for the good of all. Our hearts and thoughts are with them and their families who have suffered so much.”
Parade - Shepherds Bush War Memorial
The 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. Both will be attended by the Mayor of H&F, Cllr PJ Murphy.
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 past in Shepherds Bush Road where the 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 march down New Kings Road to the Fulham War Memorial open-air service in Vicarage Garden. Both will be attended by the Deputy Mayor of H&F, Cllr Daryl Brown.
The service will be led by Penny Seabrook, Vicar of All Saints’ church, Fulham.
The service will be followed with a march across Fulham High Street to Fulham House where the Deputy Mayor will take the salute before the parade is dismissed.
Residents are welcome to take part in just the services by going to either Shepherds Bush Green or Vicarage Garden before 11am.
Poppy collectors will be out again this year but you can also donate in other ways to support The Royal British Legion’s 2021 Poppy Appeal.
H&F's Book of Remembrance
We invite you to virtually remember those who have lost their lives in conflict around the world this Remembrance Sunday with our online Book of Remembrance.
All dedications and messages are welcome.
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.
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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