According to the organisers, hundreds of people are expected to gather in Windrush Square in Brixton, London, at the African & Caribbean War Memorial on Sunday November 14th for the fifth annual Remembrance Parade. The event will commemorate the two million African and Caribbean soldiers who served in World War I and World War II.
The annual event, which is organised by the Nubian Jak Community Trust is recognised as Europe’s premier event remembering the contribution of African and Caribbean soldiers in both World Wars. In attendance will be war veterans, in-service men, and women, cadets, dignitaries – including ambassadorial representatives from Commonwealth countries, members of the House Lords, Members of Parliament as well as the general public.
The War Memorial is unveiled annually as a commemoration. This year the unveiling ceremony is expected to include a spectacular military salute, a dazzling display of the flags and ensigns for each of the Commonwealth regiments, traditional African commemorative war music and dance, commemorative presentations and speeches by dignitaries. A special public medal ceremony for WWII veterans and retired nurses will be held.
The Memorial, designed in the shape of two 6ft Obelisks and housed on a 10.5ft Pyramidal plinth, has a combined weight of just under 5 tonnes. Colloquially referred to as the Brixton Cenotaph, it is now acknowledged as the most diverse and inclusive of all the capital’s most famous landmarks.
Last year’s event was scaled-down significantly on account of the Pandemic restrictions that were in place, but this year’s event is open to the general public who are invited to come and lay wreaths in Remembrance of the Forgotten.
All are invited to the event which will take place at 1.30pm on Sunday 14th November 2021 at the African & Caribbean Memorial, Windrush Square London SW2 1JF