Armistice 100: Barking stops to remember those fallen in conflicts past and present
PUBLISHED: 14:52 11 November 2018
Barking joined together today (Sunday) to remember those fallen in the First and Second World Wars.
On the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the First World War treaty which saw Germany surrender and fighting on the Western Front cease, members of the council and uniformed organisations remembered those who sacrificed their lives.
Mayor Sanchia Alasia, council leader Darren Rodwell and Barking’s religious leaders laid wreaths and joined a procession through the town.
The service began at the war memorial in Barking Park, where wreaths were lain and a service was led by Reverend Trevor Mwamba.
He paid tribute to those fighting in conflicts now, before an excerpt of For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon, was read.
He said: “Let us remember those who have given their lives in the service of their countries in other conflicts.
“We pray for those who suffer at this time. We pray for those who have been bereaved. We pray for peace.
“We pray that we may be worthy of the sacrifice made on our behalf.”
Police cadets, Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guide groups then led a procession through Barking town centre before reaching St Margaret’s Church in the grounds of Barking Abbey. Members of the public and business owners left shops and stopped to watch the procession.
A two minute’s silence was held at St Margaret’s Church at 11am ahead of a church service.
The parade reassembled after the service to walk past the Job Drain statue outside Broadway Theatre, before ending with refreshments at Barking Learning Centre.
The statue pays tribute to Job Henry Charles Drain from Barking, who received a Victoria Cross medal for his efforts in the army during the First World War.
Earlier in the week, Barking and Dagenham Council held a service outside the statue, while Dagenham Royal Naval Association held one at the war memorial in Dagenham Village.
Valence House is marking Armistice with the launch of a book commemorating all servicemen and women from the borough who’ve lost their lives since the end of WW2. There will also be a museum exhibition on display until the end of November, showing individually named poppies for every man from Barking or Dagenham who died during the war.