Another Successful Gathering to Remember All War Children

The Children-in-War Memorial Day Annual Remembrance Ceremony was held at the Memorial to the Innocents on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 in the precinct of Westminster Abbey.  Including many  school children, approximately 65 people were in attendance.  The Committee Chairman Professor Martin Parsons noted that the sound system was excellent which meant that passers by on the pavement outside the precinct stopped to listen.

The interfaith service was conducted by Rev Hugh Ellis, Church of England, with Rabbi Jonathan Romain for the Jewish community and Imam Dr H Ramzy for the Islamic faith.

Various organisations laid wreaths. The Beyond Conflict Trust and the AMAR Foundation dealing with Afghanistan laid by a representative of Baroness Winterbourne, another  was presented by Ralph Gibson from the Soviet Memorial Trust, remembering all Russians who fell during WW2, including an unknown number of children.

Wreaths were also laid by British and Finnish WW2 evacuees whose young lives were disrupted by the onslaught of war.

Photographs courtesy of Ralph Gibson and Mrs Jo Parsons.

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Super attendance November 2016 at Memorial to the Innocents

Westminster Abbey.  Nov 18th. 2016

More than 120 gathered in the precinct of Westminster Abbey on Nov 18th to participate in the annual memorial service to Children in War.

The service, led by the Rev’d David Stanton, Canon in Residence, and Rev’d Hugh Ellis, Hon. Chaplain to War children, included statements from Prof. Martin Parsons and Dr Peter Heinl, as well as quotations read by Brig. General Colin Tadier (ret’d).

There were a number of children in attendance, mainly from schools in Reading and West Berkshire.

Nursery School: Bradfield Montessori

Primary Schools: Parsons Down, Englefield, Upper Bucklebury,

Secondary Schools: Reading School, John Madjeski Academy, Bradfield College, Kennet School. Theale Green

Scouts: The Hungarian Scout troop UK.

This year there were representatives from four Embassies, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Hungary as well as a member of the Russian Memorial Assoc.

For the first time 3 British Legion Standard Bearers attended and added to the sense of occasion.

Rev’d Stanton was delighted with the service, and the numbers attending, and is very keen for it to continue into the future.

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20th November 2015 at the Memorial to the Innocents

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Three students from the Skinners Academy in North London (from left to right, Tosin, Rachel and Mohammad)  joined teenagers from several other schools to lay wreaths at the Memorial to the Innocents in the precinct of Westminster Abbey, on 20th November 2015.  All those present were remembering the multitudes of  children caught up in war, whether in past or present day conflict.

The wreath laying followed a short non-denominational service conducted by clergy from Westminster Abbey.

The event was organised by the Committee seeking to promote a UK National Children-in-War Memorial Day, spearheaded by Professor Martin Parsons who chairs the Committee.

This gathering has become an annual event and the next ceremony will take place on 20th November 2016.  All members of the public are cordially invited.

Photo with kind permission of the Skinners Academy

 

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Remembrance Sunday at the Soviet Memorial

Irene Glausiusz from the Committee promoting a UK Children-in-War Memorial Day laid flowers on Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2015 at the Soviet Memorial in the grounds of the Imperial War Museum to remember all children lost in war – whether in past or present day conflict. This is especially poignant during 2015 when we see so many refugee families with their children, escaping from war torn Syria or other troubled regions in the Middle East, who are trying to find a new home within the European Union.
Tributes were delivered by Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle, The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark, Alexander Kramarenko, Charge d’affaires, Embassy of the Russian Federation and Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark.

 

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Photo courtesy of Sonti Ramirez

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Event at the Memorial to the Innocents

The Committee and Friends of the Children-in-War Memorial Day Project will hold a short non-denominational service and wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial to the Innocents in the precinct of Westminster Abbey (near the West Door) at 3.00pm on  20th November 2013.  We shall be joined by distinguished guests,  teenagers and young people who are studying history, in particular war and conflict throughout the ages.  Everyone welcome.

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Wreath Laying at the Soviet Memorial

To commemorate VE Day, a ceremony was held at the Soviet Memorial in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Imperial Museum on 9th May 2013.   A wreath was laid by Irene Glausiusz  on behalf of the Children in War Memorial  Day Project. The wreath was  inscribed in memory of  all the children lost during past wars and  including ongoing conflicts.

HE Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation addressed the gathering, as well as MP Simon Hughes and local Mayor of Southwark Cllr Althea Smith.  Other representatives came from the Embassies of CIS countries.

 

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Ceremony at the Memorial to the Innocents

Ceremony at the Memorial to the Innocents

Grace, the 4 year old grand-daughter of Professor Martin and Jo Parsons laid a wreath at the Memorial to the Innocents in the precinct of Westminster Abbey on 20th November 2012. The inaugural service in support of the Children-in-War Memorial Day Project was conducted by Canon Jane Hedges and Revd Hugh Ellis.
The date – 20th November 2013 – has been booked to commence at 3.00pm (time to be confirmed).
Photo courtesy of Jo Parsons.

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