Soldiers from the Royal Gurkha Regiment stood guard around the Cenotaph
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More Faith And Belief Groups To Join National Service Of Remembrance

Seven more faith and belief groups are to be join in the National Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph next month.

Soldiers from the Royal Gurkha Regiment stood guard around the Cenotaph

A member of the Gurkha Rifles regiment stands to attention at the Cenotaph during the Armistice Day service in 2015  (Picture: MOD).

Jains, Zoroastrians and Copts are among those groups who will take the part in the service to remember those killed whilst serving their country in during the First World War.

Faith Minister Lord Bourne said: “One hundred years ago, men and women of all faiths and beliefs made huge sacrifices for our freedom in the First World War.

“It’s absolutely right as a modern, multi-faith society that we step up our efforts to honour those people of other faiths for their contribution.

“It’s because of their bravery and selflessness that we are afforded the privileges and luxuries we enjoy today.

"Their sacrifices should be honoured through the ages.”

A picture from Remembrance Sunday 2017 (Picture: MOD).

Smaller faith communities like Mormons, Baha’ís and Spiritualists will reflect the significant but little-known contribution made by minority ethnic communities to Britain’s war efforts, according to organisers.

His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, said: “While we remember our fallen heroes who have paid the ultimate price to keep us safe, we give thanks that this year’s Centenary anniversary, marking the end of the First World War, is a reassuring reminder that even the ugliness and destruction of war has an end.”

Malcolm M Deboo, President of Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe, said: “For a tiny faith community, the Zoroastrians have punched well above their weight and contributed immensely to Britain in both World Wars.

“At the outbreak of the First World War, thousands volunteered from Britain and India to serve as soldiers and doctors and many were decorated for their bravery and sacrifice.

“Sadly, many also lost their lives and a Zoroastrian War Memorial was erected in their memory in South Bombay in 1926 where they are remembered annually. “

The service will take place on 11 November.