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Nov 07 2012

Harrow’s Book of Remembrance – Lest we Forget

Harrow Council is preparing to produce a comprehensive database recording Harrow’s war dead with the aim of producing a Book of Remembrance.

The work of the Armed Forces continues today and involves them in places of conflict across the world. Existing local memorials and books of remembrance record the names of Harrow residents killed on active service but there is no comprehensive record.

Harrow Council is currently in the process of establishing a Remembrance Book Working Group with representatives from both the Labour and Conservative Groups and joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Harrow .  It will seek advice from Armed Forces organisations and support organisations, archivists and other historical and war memorial groups on the best way to gather the information to set up a historical /biographical database.  It will also investigate ways in which public access by researchers, families and friends can be best facilitated and how this should then form the basis for a book of remembrance.

In preparation towards the 2014 centenary the Working Group will also be tasked to prepare a comprehensive record of all memorials throughout the Borough and advise on their care and upkeep.

Leader of Harrow Council, Cllr. Bill Stephenson said: “Remembrance Day is one of the most important days in our national civic calendar.  No village or town was left untouched by the tragedy of World War I and since that time communities have continued to be affected by the loss of loved ones in past wars and current conflicts.”

“I feel that it is right and proper that we start to make preparations to commemorate the centenary of World War I in order to honour, record and commemorate the names of all Harrow residents of the Armed Forces that have made the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving their country since that time”.

This Sunday, 11 November, is Remembrance Day and throughout the nation communities will wear their poppies with pride and gather at local memorials to participate in the act of the two minute silence on the anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1919, the day when the Allies signed the Armistice that ceased World War I hostilities.  This act of Remberance is intended for all those who have been involved with, and affected by, war and conflict since World War I.

The Mayor, Cllr. Nizam Ismali, will be attending the annual Armistice Day commemorative event organised in conjunction with the Royal British Legion which is held outside the Civic Centre in Harrow at 11am and laying a wreath on behalf of the Council.

After a short ceremony a bugler will play the last post and reveille in a moving tribute to all members of the Armed Forces that have died in a conflict.

A number of parades and events are organised by Parish and Town Councils and The Royal British Legion.  Please contact them locally to find out where you can attend a Remberance event near you.

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