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Memorial GatesDate: Tuesday, 06 April, 2010

A touching ceremony remembers Commonwealth War dead at London's Hyde Park Memorial Gates

The intimate ceremony opened with a speech by the Bishop of London who quoted a hymn by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, followed by a wreath laying ceremony presented by representatives from the former colonies.

‘Let knowledge of God be thy food
Let mercy keep thy store
And listen to the Divine Music
That beats in every heart'

Bishop quotes Guru Nanak

The Memorial Gates and ceremony were initiated by the Memorial Gates Trust, established in 1998, with the objective of raising funds to erect a Memorial to mark the enormous sacrifices made by nearly five million volunteers from the Indian Sub-Continent, Africa and the Caribbean who served with the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars.

A remembrance ceremony has been held there every year since 2002, this year's ceremony was attended by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, other dignitaries and representatives of former colonies, as well as veterans and serving military.

‘This gathering and the Commonwealth brings together people of many different faiths. Faiths move us by their particular stories and the ways of life which believers inhabit' The Bishop of London

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