Croydon will hold its annual Civic Service of Remembrance this month to pay tribute to the sacrifices of military and service personnel in conflicts past and present.
The service, held in conjunction with local branches of the Royal British Legion, will take place at Croydon Minster at 11am, Sunday 13 November. The service at the Minster is being conducted by the Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and must be seated by 10.45am.
Following the service there will be the wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph in Katharine Street at 12.30pm, led by the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor.
Representatives of military and public services, and borough-based cadet and youth groups will be in attendance.
The marching contingents of the parade will set off from near the Marks & Spencer store in North End at around 12.20pm.
They will march through North End arriving at Katharine Street at around 12.25pm.
Katharine Street will be closed to traffic from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
Please also note that a small ceremony of remembrance will take place, also at the cenotaph in Katharine Street, on Armistice Day, Friday 11 November.
Led by representatives of the Royal British Legion, a traditional two-minute silence will be observed at 11am.
Children from several local schools will attend to lay poppy crosses at the memorial.
All are welcome to attend.
““This is a very important time of year as we reflect on the brave endeavours and sacrifices of all our service men and women.
“As we remember those who gave their lives so that we might live, it is also an opportunity to think of those service men and women who, together with their families, are still making sacrifices today.
“I’m sure the people of Croydon will join me in paying due respect on Remembrance Sunday and I invite all to attend the service and the wreath-laying ceremony.”
Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Mayor of Croydon.