Monday, November 10, 2008

Ealing remembers

Yesterday's Remembrance Day service at Ealing's war memorial was the first to include the names of A.H. & A.J. Robinson, two local brothers who lost their lives in World War One. Their names had been omitted when the memorial was installed outside Pitzhanger Manor in 1921 for unknown reasons, but the Council has now put this right by engraving the names at the request of their nephew.

This example of a case where Ealing Council has done the right thing was in Around Ealing and was picked up on today's BBC London lunchtime news and will probably be on the evening bulletin which starts shortly. It can be currently viewed here (about halfway through) but only the latest bulletin is shown, so you'll only be able to see it today. News isn't available on iPlayer for some reason.

I think it is important to remember the sacrifices made by the dead both from the two world wars and from recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan, and I make a point of attending Ealing's annual remembrance service - in fact as a humanist it is the only religious service that I attend most years.