Remembrance services in Merton

Every year, Merton joins the nation and unites on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday to pay tribute to the millions of men and women who gave their service and often their lives to protect the freedom of their fellow countrymen and future generations. 

Last year, social distancing measures around the Covid-19 pandemic meant that, for the first time, we were unable to mark these events in the usual way and were forced to hold smaller, socially distanced events across the borough. 

This year, we are proud to announce that larger-scale services in the borough will return, with events held on Thursday 11, Armistice Day, at Merton Civic Centre and at the Mitcham War Memorial. Both these ceremonies will begin at 10.50am and be attended by local dignitaries 

On Sunday 14, alongside ceremonies across the nation such as at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, there will be a service of remembrance at the Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, at 9am. The mayor, Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond, leaders of political parties, and the heads of Merton’s NHS, police and fire services will attend. 

There will subsequently be a procession from Wimbledon Village Hall beginning at 10.25am to the War Memorial on Wimbledon Common, where at 11am a two-minute silence will be held to remember those who have died in all Britain’s wars. This will be followed by the playing of The Last Post. 

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Michael Brunt, said: “It is with great sadness that we were unable to mark the solemn occasion of Remembrance Sunday last year due to social distancing restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We return in 2021 to our usual ceremonies that remembers and pays tributes to the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of men and women who kept this country safe and free over many centuries. 

“It’s keenly important that as the numbers of veterans of past wars sadly diminish, we continue to come together to remember what they and their fallen comrades did in service of their country and we will continue to appropriately commemorated them while protecting public health.” 

Anyone wishing to attend this week’s ceremonies is reminded to maintain Covid-19 protocols, such as wearing a face mask, and we ask you to ensure that you follow government advice for mass gatherings for the sake of the health and safety of all participants.