The Duke of Cambridge was in Brent yesterday to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and see how those lives were being remembered in the borough.
L-R, The Duke of Cambridge, HRH Prince William, Lord Bourne of Aberystwth, Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government, Dr Virginia Crompton, founder of the Big Ideas Company, the Mayor and Mayoress of Brent, Cllr Parvez Ahmed and Lena Ahmed, and Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council
His Royal Highness, Prince William, visited Willesden New Cemetery to see the work of "Living Memory", a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) initiative that aims to encourage communities to discover their local CWGC war graves and memorials, explore the stories behind the names of those who gave their lives during World War I (WWI) and remember their sacrifice.
Children from local schools and community groups who are involved in the Living Memory project in Willesden met with the Duke to tell him of the ways in which they are remembering the fallen, before he visited a number of CWGC WWI and WW2 war graves across the site.
A minute's silence was then observed before the Duke lay flowers at the cemetery's Cross of Sacrifice for Remembrance.
Cllr Parvez Ahmed, Mayor of Brent, said:
"It was an honour to welcome His Royal Highness to Brent today and join with him in remembering those who gave their lives for this country in the First and Second World Wars.
"Too often we all take for granted the sacrifice they made, which regardless of the passing of time, should never be forgotten.
"That's why the CWGC's "Living Memory" programme is such a good idea, as it brings to mind that these soldiers who lost their lives were also ordinary people like you or me, with families, friends, dreams and aspirations. We will remember them."
The Mayor of Brent, Cllr Parvez Ahmed, will lead a Borough Civic Remembrance Service at Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Barham Park, Wembley this Sunday, 13 November at 2pm.