|The City War Memorial
St Albans City Council is committed to honouring those who have died for
their country. This year’s service was well attended as always, with
Fr. Tom representing Ss Alban and Stephen Catholic Church, leading Prayers,
alongside Rabbi Kaiserblueth, Imam Muhammed Siragul Islam, Revd Leonora Jagessar
and Rev’d Anne Hollingshurst.
Scroll down to see some photos from the event and service
We meet in the presence of God. We commit ourselves to work in penitence
ands faith for reconciliation between the nations, that all people may together
live in freedom, justice and peace.
We pray for all who, in bereavement, disability and pain, continue to suffer
the consequences of fighting and terror.
We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wars
and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away.
Act of Remembrance
Let us remember before God and commend to his sure keeping: those who have
died for their country in conflict; those whom we knew, and whose memory
we treasure; and all who have lived and died in the service of humanity.
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not
weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and
in the morning we will remember them.
The Kohima Epitaph
When you go home tell them of us and say: ‘For your tomorrow, we gave our
Wreath laying was led by HM Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, the Countess
of Verulam, The Right Worshipful, the Mayor, and Councillor Eileen Harris
This was thenfollowed by 201 Field Battery RA, Anne Main MP, Salvation
Army, Royal Naval Reserve and RNA, Army in Uniform (TA), The Royal British
Legion, Burma Star Ass’n and Korean Veterans, Normandy Veterans Ass’n
and RAF Ass’n, WRNS Association and WRVS, Herts Police, Herts Fire &
Rescue, St John Ambulance, St Albans Islamic Centre, Bangladesh Islamic Centre,
St Albans Chamber of Commerce, ATC, Sea Cadets, Police Cadets, St Albans
Scouts, Girl guiding St Albans, Boys Brigade, Girls Brigade and others.
Almighty and eternal God, from whose love we cannot be parted, either by
death or life: hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember
this day; and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy. Amen.
In the days to come the mountain of the LORD’s house will be the highest
of the mountains. It will be lifted above the hills; peoples will stream
to it. Many nations will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the LORD’s
mountain, to the house of Jacob’s God so that he may teach us his ways
and we may walk in God’s paths.” Instruction will come from Zion;
the LORD’s word from Jerusalem. God will judge between the nations,
and settle disputes of mighty nations. Then they will beat their swords into
iron ploughs and their spears into pruning tools. Nation will not take
up sword against nation; they will no longer learn how to make war
From the Holy Quran, Surah
Al-Hujurat (49) V 10, 11 & 13
The believers are but a single brotherhood. So make peace and reconciliation
between your two contending brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive
O you who believe, let not some men among you laugh at others, perhaps they
may be better than you. Nor let some women laugh at others, perhaps
they may be better than you. And do not insult one another and
do not call each other by offensive names, disobedience is a ‘bad name’ after
faith. And whoever does not repent, and then it is those who
are the wrongdoers
O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male (Adam)
and a female (Eve) and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know
each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight
of Allah is he who is the most righteous of you. Surely Allah has full
knowledge over everything and he is well acquainted
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down.
His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.