The British High Commission in Abuja has marked Remembrance Day to commemorate the sacrifice and courage of millions from across the Commonwealth who have died in the service of lasting peace.
The Acting British High Commissioner, Ms Gill Atkinson, supported by the UK Defence Adviser to Nigeria, Brigadier Matt Munro, together with representatives of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Diplomatic Missions, and International Partners, observed Remembrance Sunday at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja.
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since 1919, it was known as Armistice Day until after the Second World War and is held on the second Sunday in November, usually the Sunday closest to 11th November.
The day is marked by special services held at war memorials across the Commonwealth, where wreaths are laid, and a two-minute silence is observed at 11:00 am.
Similar to the Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day held on 15th January every year to remember those who volunteered, served, fought, and died for the cause of freedom and peace.
Speaking at the memorial service the Chief of Defence Staff to Nigeria General Christopher Musa, extolled the fallen heroes.
“Today, I joined the British High Commission at the Commonwealth Remembrance Service. A special tribute was paid to courageous soldiers of the West African Frontier Force and men and women who bravely served our Armed Forces as a beacon of hope for a peaceful future.”
Defence Adviser to Nigeria, Brigadier Matt Munro, also gave his tribute:
“Earlier today, we remembered brave men and women of The Commonwealth. Inspired by their courage to sow seeds of peace in fields of conflict and the ultimate sacrifice that so many paid, in a world where conflicts still rage, we must continue to strive for peace and partnership.”
Attendees of this year’s memorial included faith communities (Jewish, Christian, and Muslim) and Heads of Missions representing Commonwealth countries remembering West African Armed forces and their contributions to the First and Second World Wars, as well as current conflicts.
Wreaths were laid at the cemetery’s Memorial.
Edited By Shakirah Alabi
Written by: Bukky Alabi
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