Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice
What a privilege, to be the person to represent the Livery in the Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice!
The morning began with a service, in the garden, attended by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, the National President of the Royal British Legion. Air Vice Marshall David Walker, and the Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison. A representative of every livery company of the City of London was present. The service was enlivened by music from the Coldstream Guards and the choir of the City of London School for Girls.
The British legion explained that the theme of this year is to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed and changed the world. The thanks were to be inclusive of men, women, civilian and military, British and Commonwealth.
After the service, crosses were planted by the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Sheriffs, The Dean, and representatives of the City of London Police, The British legion and the Poppy Factory. Following that, every livery representative planted their ‘Poppy Cross’ (see picture), in front of the memorial.
The service finished with a rousing rendering of the National Anthem. In the evening I represented SIM at the Service of Thanksgiving and Reception for the Lord Mayor, at St Stephen’s Walbrook, near Guildhall.