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Special service held in Harrow Town Centre to commemorate War Memorial move

Last week, Harrow Town Centre hosted a special ceremony to commemorate the relocation of the War Memorial to a new site.

Originally situated outside the old Civic Centre, the granite memorial was moved by expert stonemasons to a more accessible location, allowing greater community participation in paying tribute to fallen heroes. This memorial is also pivotal in the borough’s annual remembrance services.

The ceremony featured Reverend James Power, Vicar of Harrow Borough Church, and was attended by notable figures including the Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Ramji Chauhan; Deputy Lieutenant Simon Ovens; Council Leader, Cllr Paul Osborn; representatives from Harrow Interfaith and The Royal British Legion, among others.

The ceremony included a rendition of the last post, followed by two minutes of silence, and the laying of wreathes to honour those lost in conflict. The history behind the war memorial is linked to Cllr Janet Mote, wife to late husband Chris Mote who campaigned for such a monument in Harrow

Cllr Janet Mote said: “I am delighted that the war memorial has a new home here in the town centre.

“This war memorial is close to my heart. Both Chris and I were passionate about having this memorial to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And I am sure he will
be proud that this monument still stands.

“Many families in Harrow will have links to the first and second world war. It may be their parent, grandparent or great grandparent who took part. Now in the centre of Harrow, I hope it encourages people to learn about the war and ensures children and future generations never forget our fallen heroes.

“I want to thank everyone who was involved in the careful moving of the war memorial and look forward to November’s Remembrance service.”

Also in attendance were standard bearers from Stanmore AJEX, the Royal British Legion (RBL), and the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) who stood in solidarity, honoring our fallen heroes.

The Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Ramji Chauhan said: “I am honoured to be part of this special event. The sacrifices that are made by the brave men and women in our armed forces must not be forgotten as they give up so much to protect our freedoms.

“I am pleased the war memorial is now in the heart of the community, where people can pay tribute to those lost in conflict. I look forward to future Remembrance services in the town centre.”

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