For approximately 100 years, services on Remembrance Sunday in the UK have been held on a yearly basis at war memorials throughout the country. As part of the service, which is essentially one of thanksgiving, wreaths are laid to honour members of the armed forces both past and present—those who have died, as well as the living. These services provide the nation with an opportunity to reflect, and to pay their respects to those who have served and continue to serve the nation in this significant way.
Regrettably, the COVID-19 pandemic hindered Remembrance Services taking place in the usual way in 2020. Happily, in 2021 conditions then permitted them to take place, which pleased many.
For the past ten years each ward in Wandsworth Stake, London has participated in laying a wreath during a Remembrance Service in their local area. Thus, on 14 November 2021, a few members from five wards, including youth and Primary children, attended services and laid wreaths. They were thrilled to be able to do this.
The message on a label by Francis Marion Crawford, read, 'They fell, but o’er their glorious grave floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.” Laying wreaths on Remembrance Sunday is of great significance, and so it is good that members of the Church are given the honour to participate.