The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Chair of the London Assembly, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, and Chair of the City Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion, Len Duvall OBE AM, joined Assembly Members, representatives of the British Armed Forces and other special guests for the first Remembrance Day Service at City Hall’s new location in London’s Royal Docks.
The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Canon Andrew Nunn, officiated the ceremony and The Right Reverend Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Chelmsford delivered the address.
Representatives from the Sikh, Hindu, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths addressed the congregation and led a series of interfaith prayers.
The service also included readings, prayers and hymns, with music by the London International Gospel choir. Lieutenant General James Bashall, National President of The Royal British Legion, paid tribute to those who fought in the Burma campaign by reading the Kohima Epitaph.
Senior representatives from the Metropolitan Police Service, Greater London Lieutenancy, Transport for London, London Ambulance Service, British Red Cross, London Assembly, Royal British Legion, Armed Forces, and others participated in the wreath laying ceremony.
The service was also attended by London borough mayors and leaders, MPs, and Greater London Authority staff.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “City Hall’s annual multi-faith Remembrance Day service provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the great sacrifices made by our Armed Forces and their families.
“We are forever in their debt for the commitment they have made to serve and protect our country, not only during conflicts but also in times of national emergency.
“Without our nation’s brave servicemen and women’s heroism and bravery we would not enjoy the freedoms and privileges it is so easy to take for granted. On behalf of all Londoners: thank you.”
Chair of the London Assembly, Dr Onkar Sahota AM said: “We depend on the dedication and commitment or our Armed Forces, to help us through some very tough times. So it’s absolutely right, that every year we pause to remember their sacrifices and those of their families.
“We also recognise how the Royal British Legion’s unwavering support of the armed forces community is honoured and respected. Without them, there would be no Poppy Day.
“Remembrance Day is a day to reflect on the enormous sacrifices made for our freedoms by some very brave people, from Britain and the Commonwealth. We will be forever in their debt.”