Harrow falls silent to remember fallen heroes

Poppy wreath

Thousands gathered at Harrow’s Remembrance Sunday service at the former Civic Centre

A moving Remembrance Sunday parade and service saw thousands of Harrow residents and dignitaries pay their respects to our fallen soldiers who served in the First and Second World War and those after. 

The ceremony started off in the Town Centre where the 131 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers led the parade to the former Civic Centre. They were joined by the Royal British Legion, cadets, scouts, volunteers and many other organisations.  For the first time this year, high streets across the borough were decorated with large red poppies purchased from the Royal British Legion for the weekend of Remembrance. Tommy silhouettes also lined the entire parade route this year to honour the fallen and those serving/ex serving members of the armed forces.

Harrow stopped and fell silent for two minutes at 11am which was followed by prayers led by Reverend Simon Johnson from the Holy Trinity Church, Wealdstone. Readings were also made by faith leaders including Harrow Interfaith Council. Wreath laying at the war memorial on Station Road was Led by the Mayor of Harrow, and Deputy Lieutenant Simon Ovens. 

Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Ramji Chauhan said:

“This was a very moving parade and service – made even more poignant with it being the last one held at the former Civic Centre. I am proud of how Harrow remembered and paid tribute to those lost in conflict.  

“Remembrance Sunday is always a solemn time to reflect on those men and women in our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom we enjoy today.

“I know many residents will have loved ones or family members who fought in the war – or are currently serving in our armed forces. Their contributions and sacrifices must never be forgotten.

“Thank you everyone who came along to show their support by following the parade and pay their respects for our brave soldiers. Finally I would like to send my congratulations and thanks to those who took part in the parade and to the organisers of this very important event.” 

Winning poems from the Mayor’s Remembrance Day poetry competition were also read out, and the service included a march past at the former Civic Centre site. 

Plans are being carefully considered on how next year’s parade and service will take place as it moves to Harrow Town Centre.

Watch our Remembrance Sunday highlights

Published: 13th November 2023