Friends of Evington Remembrance and Peace Event 2023
On Saturday 11th November 2023, residents and councillors from Evington gathered at the War Memorial at 11am to remember the sacrifice of both local people and people from across the world to defend the freedom and to bring about peace.
This gathering was organised by Friends of Evington, who had purchased a new PA system and stand, so participants could hear what was said.
Baljit Singh (Trustee of Friends of Evington) hosted this gathering, and he quoted from an engraving on an unknown grave in Kentucky U.S.A which said: “War is death. Destruction follows in its wake. War is misery, hunger and disease. War is all of this and more. So I ask you my friend, why still does man make war?”
“Never again” should be our view of war!” said Ned Newitt, President and Chair of the Leicester Secular Society. He described the loss of life during the 1st World War from Spanish flu because the war effort had to go on in ammunition factories without social distancing and lockdown. These people need to be remembered.
Helen Pettman, Chair of Friends of Evington, described the local V.A.D (Voluntary Aided Detachment) hospital in Evington Park and the dedicated, selfless work of local volunteers during the first world war.
After the talks, all participants were invited to go to the Cedars to share more discussion and refreshments.
You can listen here to these talks in full.