One hundred years ago today Britain was plunged into what would become the country’s bloodiest war which killed and maimed over a million men from across the Commonwealth.
Hounslow of course, made a major contribution to the fighting and on the home front too.
And tonight, at 10pm we at the council will be turning our LIGHTS OUT apart from one in the Civic Centre and many municipal buildings to commemorate the start of what became known as The Great War.
Throughout this week and beyond there will be events commemorating the First World War and I would urge residents to come along to the Civic Centre and libraries over the next few months to see our exhibition on World War One.
Last Saturday there was a special event when hundreds came to pay their respects to the fallen when the gallant Lance Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC unveiled our new memorial in Hounslow High Street. It was a real honour and a humbling experience to meet Mr Beharry. Not only is he incredibly brave but he has such humility.
The unveiling of our new war memorial was a very special and poignant occasion. I was very pleased to see such a great turn out from residents who joined us in the heart of Hounslow to pay their respects.
It was fantastic also, to meet the Chelsea pensioners and veterans from the Royal British Legion. And as ever, our friends from the Welsh Guards band were magnificent.
I am so proud now Hounslow town centre finally has a war memorial.