Remembrance Day was on Monday 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 101 years ago.

On Sunday 10th November, 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. Present were 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 Nikitas of Thyateira & Great Britain. As a Member of the Commonwealth, Cyprus was represented by His Excellency, the Cyprus High Commissioner, Andreas S. Kakouris, 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. Dana Carlin, Leader of the Council Cllr. Joe Ejiofor, and Catherine West. 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 the Chair, Susie Constantinides MBE and the Manager, Christalla Evdokimou; on behalf of the Cypriot Women’s League by Evoulla Nicolaou and Chrisoulla Mintis, accompanied by Soula Charalambous and Christina Christou; on behalf of St. Barnabus Church and the Greek-Orthodox community by Andreas Constantinides. The Greek-Orthodox Community was represented by the President, Marios Minaides.

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.”

 

Susie Constantinides MBE

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