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.
A securlar non-denomintional service will be held at All Saints Church, 8 Castle Street, High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP13 6RF on Sunday 25th November 3012 at 3.00pm. Door open 2.30pm. This event is open to the public and all are welcome.
There will be an exhibition highlighting the plight of Children in War whether from past or present day conflicts.
The friends of the Children in War Memorial Day Project will gather at the Memorial to the Innocents in the grassy enclosure, near the West Door of Westminster Abbey at 11.00am to remember and reflect on all children caught up in war and conflict. The event will commence at 11.00am and a wreath will be laid.
An International Conference ‘Lost Childhoods of War’ was held at Reading University hosted by Professor Martin Parsons. Distinguished academics and writers in the field of War Child Studies from the USA, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the UK
Member of Parliament Barry Gardiner (Labour, Brent North) has proposed the setting up of an Early Day Motion to support the idea of a National and subsequently International Day of Recognition for the Children in War Memorial Day Project. The ideal date would be 20th November annually as has been promoted by the Nordic countries. We look forward to cross-party support for this emotive issue.
Once again a wreath was laid at the Soviet Memorial in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park adjacent to the Imperial War Museum by Irene Glausiusz, Honorary Secretary of the Children in War Memorial Project. Its purpose was and is to remember the untold millions of children lost in World War Two and also those in all the ongoing conflicts around the globe. Unfortunately children are the innocent victims.
For the record, the Russians commemorate the ending of Victory in Europe on 9th May one day later than the Allied Forces, because the message of victory was passed to the Soviet Union via eastern time.