Westminster City Council has unveiled a commemorative flower bed at Marble Arch, London, to remember all those who lived, fought and died during WW1.
Built 100 years after the start of World War One, the flower bed is another part of the council’s ‘Westminster Remembers’ campaign.
The memorial was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Audrey Lewis, and Westminster’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Rachael Robathan. The ceremony in central London was well attended, with special guests representing the Army, Navy and Air Force paying respects, as well as eight Army Cadets from local school Westminster City School.
Speaking after the flower bed unveiling, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Audrey Lewis, said: “I would like to thank the Army, Navy, Air Force and local Army Cadets for attending this unique ceremony today, another special step in the campaign of remembrance. A century later, we still remember those who fought and died during the First World War – sacrificing their lives for our freedom.”
Cllr Rachael Robathan, Westminster’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “It is right that 100 years later we remember and pay respects to our fallen heroes, to whom we still owe so much. A public display like this one in central London – bright and beautiful for millions of tourists to see over the next four years – is a special way to do this. Westminster Council has strong community links with our local armed forces, and I am glad that we could share this ceremony with them today.”
Lieutenant Colonel Giles Stibbe, Commander, London Central Garrison, said: “As soldiers serving in Westminster and with links to all parts of the British Isles, we are honoured to have been invited to the unveiling of Westminster’s First World War commemorative flowerbed in Marble Arch on Tuesday 30 September at 1pm. It’s a beautiful flowerbed and its logo ‘Westminster Remembers 1914-1918’ and is a lovely tribute.”
During their speeches, the Lord Mayor of Westminster and Cllr Robathan also thanked Veolia and NSL for sponsoring the flowerbed.