Project Highlight: Remembrance Sunday 2019
Every year, the Royal British Legion, the general public and the Government come together to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, in honour of the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community, British and Commonwealth veterans, the Allies as well as the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
This year, as always, the National Service of Remembrance was held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London, on Sunday 10 November 2019. Restore Harrow Green were very proud to play a small part in the preparations so that the area was ready to be put to official use, as well as restored it to its usual function at the end of the service.
Famously, the event is attended by the Royal Family and various high ranking dignitaries, and is watched by millions of people around the world. The Royal Family arrive at the event via the Foreign & Commonwealth Office building in Whitehall, to which access needs to be adapted in order to ensure safe passage for everyone.
In order to make it ready for purpose we started by reconfiguring the working offices on the first floor of the FCO building along Whitehall.
Our teams remained in attendance behind the scenes during the event and after it ended spent the rest of Sunday returning all internal and external items, to their original positions so that Whitehall and the FCO could get back to business as usual first thing on Monday morning.
Alma Simmons, of the FM Client Unit of the FCO said of our teams:
“I just wanted to send a personal thank you to everyone involved in Remembrance Sunday preparations this weekend. The work ethic, attitude, teamwork and attention to detail that you displayed was exemplary.
For most of you this was completely unknown territory, the intricacies of which have been learnt over many years by those who normally deliver the service.
I feel so privileged to have been part of such a disparate team who worked so well together at such a high profile occasion. I have already received very positive feedback on your helpfulness, attitude and hard work.
It is a huge amount of work for a 20 minute ceremony but for that time the eyes of the nation are on the Cenotaph, Whitehall and the FCO. Your hard work enabled others to remember during that time.”
All the team members that worked on the project were overjoyed and humbled to receive a letter of thanks from Ms Simmons stating the above.
We here at Restore Harrow Green are very proud to contribute in the running of our country in any small way we can, and were very pleased to be honoured with the responsibility of this project.