A huge number of participants have signed up to march in this year’s AJEX Remembrance Parade & Ceremony, taking place on Sunday 19th November.
AJEX The Jewish Military Association expects there to be more attendees than last year, including spectators, showing solidarity in light of rising antisemitism in the UK.
By participating in this significant event, community members will proudly be celebrating Jewish service to the Crown and our integral place in British society, reaffirming our values and history.
The Parade and Ceremony honours and Remembers the thousands of Jewish servicemen and women who fought and served for our freedom. This year, this historic event is themed on ‘Side by Side’ and will witness veterans and families of fallen veterans, march side by side in solidarity and with pride, honouring their legacy.
There is still time to sign up to march – register by Sunday 12th November. For those not marching AJEX welcomes the community to come, stand proud and support the marchers by spectating on the day.
This is the only Jewish event that Whitehall is closed for and is also part of Mitzvah Day, therefore no better occasion to make the mitzvah of Remembrance.
AJEX National Chair, Dan Fox said: “The AJEX Annual Parade sits at the very heart of what it means to be British and Jewish. It is a commemoration of everything the UK has done for Jews. And everything Jews have done for the UK. It is a defiance of the most vicious antisemitic libels – and everyone who attends does themselves, their family, their community, and their country proud”
A representative from CST said: “The AJEX Parade commemorating the sacrifice made by Jewish veterans of His Majesty’s armed forces is an event that CST works tirelessly alongside Police to protect every year and 2023 will be no different. We encourage anyone who is so inclined to attend as normal, our community is proud of the contribution we have made to the United Kingdom and nothing will stand in the way of our community marching proudly on Sunday.”
This year’s Parade will mark the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, The Dam Busters Raid, and the 70th anniversary of the end of fighting in the Korean War. It will also commemorate the end of National Service 60 years ago. For 350 years British Jews have served in the UK’s Armed Forces – with many continuing to do so today.
Chief executive Fiona Palmer said: “We urge all to take pride in our roles as members of the Jewish community, making sure our Jewish contribution is Remembered as well as honouring all those who continue to serve today. We look forward to seeing people at the Parade wearing their medals or family medals, whether marching or spectating as this gesture ensures the continuing legacy of Remembrance”.
To book to march register on this link by Sunday 12th November: www.ajex.org.uk or save the date and support the marchers by spectating.
Marchers will gather on Sunday 19th November at Horse Guards Parade at 1pm and march off at 1.45pm.
The Parade and Ceremony will have a high level of security provided by CST and the Police and it is recommended to arrive plenty of time before the start time. No large bags will be allowed.
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