Statement on Remembrance Sunday

Today we remember the fallen in all wars, both service men and women and civilians. On the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, we honour in particular those who gave their lives to defeat fascism. In their memory, and that of all who have suffered or lost their lives in war, let us resolve to build a world of peace.

This morning I’ll be at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph and in the afternoon, like most years, I’ll be at North Islington war memorial in Manor Gardens, built on the site of the former Royal Northern casualty hospital. I will be reading the poem “Futility,” written by Wilfred Owen, who died shortly before the end of the First World War.