13 November 2018
People across Kensington and Chelsea came together on Remembrance Sunday to remember those who have died in conflict; those who carry the scars of battle, both mental and physical, and those who have felt the pain of having loved ones killed or injured in war.
The Mayor, Cllr Marie-Therese Rossi, joined councillors and hundreds of residents at the War Memorial in Sloane Square to remember the fallen. The MP for Chelsea and Fulham (Greg Hands) and for Kensington (Emma Dent-Coad) attended, together with MEP Dr. Charles Tannock. Other civic leaders and members of the armed forces, both past and present, along with local representatives of community organisations were also present.
The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Bakhtiar led a second Act of Remembrance ceremony at the War Memorial by St Mary Abbots, on Kensington High Street.
Speaking at the Sloane Square ceremony, the Mayor, said: “One hundred years ago today the world stood on the brink of peace as four years of bloodshed were about to come to an end. In this centenary year of the Armistice, we hold in our thoughts and prayers all those who fought in the First World War. But as we now know, that was not the war to end all wars, and as we come together this morning we remember all who have suffered in conflict. Those who have died. Those who carry the scars of battle, both mental and physical. We remember too those who have felt the pain of having loved ones killed or injured in war.”
Addressing those on parade the Mayor said “Your presence here today, your smart turnout and your drill are all part of the tribute we pay to those men and women. May we all remember the price they paid for peace.”