Remembrance

Remembrance: Jewish community holds parade at the Cenotaph

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the first wreath laying by Jewish veterans at the Cenotaph.

Jewish ex-servicemen and women and their supporters have joined together to hold an annual Remembrance parade.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first wreath-laying by Jewish Veterans at the Cenotaph.

The event takes place the weekend after Remembrance Sunday and includes a service, which is held annually at the Cenotaph in central London, to honour the contributions of Jewish servicemen and women.

The parade is organised by the Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen and Women (AJEX).

In 1921 at the third ever National Remembrance Parade a group of Jewish ex-soldiers, from the Judeans (the 38,39, and 40 battalions of the Royal Fusiliers), laid the first Star of David wreath.

AJEX chief executive Fiona Palmer said: "No-one could have imagined that last year we would not meet in person however, under current Government guidelines, we are delighted to be able to hold our annual event on Sunday to honour the men and women of our community who fought to protect our country and stood up against antisemitism.

"We are proud of their service, strength and resilience – which resonates after 18 months of the COVID pandemic."

The parade was commanded by Mr Ron Shelley and supported by Lieutenant Colonel Simon Soskin as his second in command.

Jewish youth organisation JLGB and the JFS Combined Cadet Force were both also involved in the event along with contingents from other schools and youth groups.