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  • Writer's pictureKilburn Parish Council

Honouring Heroes: A Remembrance Parade in Kilburn

The Remembrance Parade in Kilburn is a tradition that dates back many years. It is a solemn event, and for many residents, it's a deeply personal occasion, as they come to remember and honour their family members who served in the armed forces. The parade takes place this year on Sunday 12th, the Sunday closest to November 11th, which is Armistice Day, the day that marked the end of World War I in 1918.

The parade route winds through the heart of Kilburn, starting at Bown Close at 2pm and making its way to a war memorial. Along the route, spectators always line the streets, with people of all ages paying their respects. Local Guide groups, Scouting groups, and a marching band will participate in the parade, alongside members of the community. The route has been adorned with patriotic poppies on the lamp posts, the symbol of remembrance, marking the path to the memorial.

At the war memorial, the parade will come to a halt. The service will be conducted with great dignity, naming the fallen and with the laying of wreaths. The Last Post will be played, followed by a two-minute silence, a moment for everyone to remember in their own way.

The Remembrance Parade in Kilburn is not just an event for military veterans and their families; it's an occasion that brings the entire community together. Residents who may have no direct connection to the military still attend in support of those who do. This inclusivity and sense of community is what makes the parade in Kilburn so special.

The Parade is more than just a history lesson; it's a living tribute to the sacrifices of the past. It serves as a reminder of the importance of peace and unity in the present. Kilburn's tradition of remembrance is a poignant and powerful example of how a community can come together to honour those who have given so much for the greater good.

The Remembrance Parade in Kilburn is a deeply moving and meaningful event that showcases the unity, respect, and community spirit of our vibrant neighbourhood. As the years go by, the tradition of remembrance continues to thrive, ensuring that the sacrifices of the past are never forgotten. In Kilburn, the parade is not just a memorial; it's a testament to the enduring spirit of unity and respect for the heroes of yesterday and today.



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