First post-COVID Remembrance Service held to pay respects for the military servicemen and women

This service was designed to honor and commemorate the contributions of British, Commonwealth, and other military personnel from around the world during the two World Wars, and subsequent conflicts.

This year’s service was the first since the pandemic. The annual Remembrance service had to be removed in 2020 due to the necessary limitations on COVID.

During the reduced service, high commissioners, ambassadors, defence advisers and attaches from various countries sat in silent silence with the representatives of the Malaysian Armed Forces (Malaysian Veterans Associations) and the Malaysian Armed Forces.

In his welcome address, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Charles Hay MVO said:

This year is the 76 th year since the end of the Second World War. We remember the dead – you will find in Malaysia alone more than 7,000 headstones scattered across 35 distinct places. The graves beneath them were from the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Nepal and elsewhere. They fought side-by-side and now lie in a row. A lot of them remain unidentified.

Hay also paid tribute to the people who lost their lives.

We also remember all those who were a part in, or lost their lives in the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), and the Konfrontasi (in the 1960s).

The service continued with readings by including Captain Antony Stockbridge Royal Navy, the Defence Advisor at the British High Commission. After the service, Captain Stockbridge stated:

Three months ago, I just started my appointment in Malaysia. Today’s event is my first Remembrance service here in Kuala Lumpur. Even though the event was cut short in accordance with Covid SOPs I am glad we were able to pay our respects to the soldiers and women who served and fought to defend our country. Lest we forget.”

After two minutes of silence to remember of fallen heroes, the ceremony concluded by the traditional laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph’s base as a solemn tribute to those who sacrificed their lives to bring peace.

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