The Greater London Authority (GLA) held its Annual Service of Remembrance for London’s war dead in the Chamber at City Hall today.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Deputy Chair of the London Assembly, Darren Johnson AM, were joined by Brigadier Richard Smith CBE, Deputy Commander London District, Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO, National President of the Royal British Legion, and representatives of London government past and present to lay wreaths in remembrance of London's war dead.
Canon Giles Goddard, Chaplain to the GLA City Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion, conducted the service with participation from representatives of other faiths. The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, gave the address.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:
“It is hugely important that we pause and take time to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I am continually humbled by the great bravery and valour with which our forces serve their country. We must never forget their enormous sacrifices and the great debt we owe to our troops for keeping us safe.“
Deputy Chair of the London Assembly Darren Johnson said:
“It is our duty, as we sleep safely in our beds, to remember not only those who have lost their lives in conflicts past but also those who serve and sacrifice today. The London Assembly is committed to remembering all those who have fallen in war and to the principle that we owe moral, physical and financial support to those injured or bereaved in the service of their country.”