Remembrance Day was on Sunday 11th November, i.e. at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which is when the Armistice was signed, officially ending the 1st World War, 100 years ago.

At the Cenotaph in Whitehall, the ceremony was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth; His Royal Highness Prince Charles laid a wreath on her behalf, members of the Royal Family, the government, leaders of the different faiths, servicemen and women and others.

The Greek Orthodox Church was represented by His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira & Great Britain. As a Member of the Commonwealth, Cyprus was represented by His Excellency the Cyprus igh HigHigh Commissioner, Euripides Evriviades, who laid a wreath on behalf of Cyprus at the Cenotaph.

At the Cenotaph in Haringey, there was a Civic Ceremony organised by Haringey Council and wreaths were laid by the Mayor of Haringey Cllr. Gina Adamou, MP for Hornsey & Wood Green Catherine West, and Leader of the Council Cllr. Joe Ejiofor. Also present was Councillor Emine Ibrahim, Deputy Leader. Officers representing the Air Force, Army, Navy, Police and Fire Services laid wreaths.

Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Cypriot Community Centre by Susie Constantinides MBE Chair and Christalla Evdokimou, Manager, on behalf of the Cypriot Women’s League by Evoulla Nicolaou and Chrisoulla Mintis and on behalf of St. Barnabus Church and the Greek-Orthodox community by Andreas Constantinides.

 

At the service, all faiths were represented, all of whom offered a prayer, including our Bishop Athanasios.

Scouts and Guides, including those from St. Barnabus, paraded flags at the Haringey Cenotaph.

Cypriots volunteered and fought in the 1st World War. Cypriots who came to the UK before the 2nd World War were called up, represented Britain and fought with the allies, whilst 30,000 volunteered in Cyprus and fought as the Cyprus Regiment.

The service on Sunday ended with those memorable words representing those who sacrificed their lives for Peace:- “When you go home, think of us and say for your tomorrow, we gave our today”.

 

Photo: Petros Pentayiotis

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