Brighton & Hove came to a solemn standstill this morning for the city’s Remembrance Sunday event at The Cenotaph, Old Steine. The service included a procession from Madeira Drive. Then hymns, prayers and a two minute silence, followed by the wreath laying of wreaths to remember the dead, and a reading from Laurence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen.
Billie Lewis, Chair of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum joined the Mayor, The Royal British Legion and other civic leaders in laying red poppy wreaths to honour the dead and remember the sacrifice of service men, women and people who died during the war, and those who died due to persecution from fascist regimes during the second world war. A second wreath was laid by the LGBT Safety Forum to honour & remember disabled people, including children who were tortured and murdered by the Nazi regime and other fascist regimes during the second world war.
Billie Lewis said “It’s important to remember the sacrifices of all service people, over the last 100 years of war and also of those who, through no fault of their own were persecuted, tortured and murdered by intolerant and genocidal regimes intent on eradicating anyone who their twisted ideas said were unworthy of life. We bear witness today to their loss, to the loss of brothers, sisters, parents and children who fought for liberty and justice during two world wars, and died fighting for their beliefs and way of life.
We also bear witness to lives and whole communities lost in the atrocities of war. ‘Lest we forget’ is not just a meme, it means something, it means we remember not just to honour the dead, but to remember why they died, in the pursuit of defending a way of life that was fair, inclusive and respectful of all types of people. We stood today, with the rest of the City, in silence. in respect, in remembrance. ”
Remembrance does not glorify war and its symbol, the red poppy, is a sign of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. Find out more.