Today, I joined Remembrance Sunday commemorations in Esher. A large local throng joined members of the local church, Royal Legion, the three armed services and local councillors, as we laid wreaths at the war memorial. Reverend Stefan Collier led us in prayer, and the minute’s silence was followed by a fitting tribute during the service at Christ Church. I read from Matthew Chapter 5, verses 1 to 12, which I always find very moving. The service finished with a stirring rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’.
I find Remembrance Sunday one of the most poignant and humbling occasions in the calendar. Now more than ever, it retains its value in bringing the community together – young and old – to remember the sacrifices of those past and present who have served and continue to serve our country. I think we had even more members of the public attending, this year, than in previous ones. It shows the strong sense of civic pride we have in our community, and it was a great honour to be a part of the commemorations.