Service of Remembrance at St. Pauls and Wreath laying at the Royal Exchange

On Sunday 14 November, representatives of the Corps gathered on the steps of St Pauls to attend the City of London's Service of Remembrance. In the presence of Prince Michael of Kent and the new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Vincent Keaveney, we joined in a moving service alongside the City of London Sheriffs, Alderman, Livery company Master's, the HAC, cadets, scout's groups and others with strong links to the City. The Dean, the very Reverend Dr David Ison's address touched on conflict from the world wars through to modern day Afghanistan, highlighting the importance of remembrance of the lives lived as well as the sacrifices made, especially as the generations of those that experienced it first-hand pass away. As a Corps we often draw strength and inspiration from the brave women in our illustrious past especially over the last few years where we have had our busiest period of operational work since the second world war - be it in response to terrorist attacks or the global Covid-19 pandemic. An awe-inspiring place the notes of the Last post dwelled in the dome of St Pauls as our thoughts turned inwards for the two minutes silence.

Following the service we took part in a wreath laying around the corner at the memorial outside the Royal Exchange, followed by a swift march past Mansion House and onto the welcome warmth of a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor. As individuals many of us work in the City of London, as a Corps we train and carry out operational support within the City walls, working amongst others with the City of London Police, Guildhall, various Livery Companies. It is an apt privilege and honour to take part in this event.

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