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Garden of Remembrance opens with moving ceremony

The Royal British Legion's Garden of Remembrance has been officially opened, marking the start of a month in which the lives of those lost in war are remembered.


At a service on Monday 5 November, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's led prayers to the fallen, before the Lord Mayor of London and representatives form the City of London, HM Forces and other service organisations planted crosses in the ground.

In attendance were the Band of the Irish Guards, The Royal British Legion Standards, the ceremonial squad of the London Ambulance Service and the City of London Schools Choir.

The short, moving ceremony also included the Last Post and Reveille, punctuated by a two-minute silence.

Mrs Fiona Toye, President of the Royal British Legion City of London Poppy Appeal, delivered the Kohima Prayer:

When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For our tomorrow, we gave our today.

The Garden of Remembrance is open until Tuesday 27 November. Everyone is invited to plant their own crosses, which are available from the Royal British Legion trailer, parked outside the west front of the Cathedral.