Sunday 22 June 2014
The sun shone brightly, for the Memorial Service for WO2 Ian Michael Fisher, at The Parish Church of Hornchurch, St Nicholas, at Elm Park. Ian had tragically been killed, while on active service, in Helmund Province, with the 3rd Regiment, The Mercian Regiment, on 5 November 2013.
The Parade, led by a band and strong contingent of Legion Standard Bearers set off from the Elm Park Royal British Legion Branch, followed by clergy, members of Ian's Regiment, local dignitaries; Mayor, counsellors and MP, uniformed youth organisations and the Fire Brigade. The local Police stewarded the road closures. The parade was superbly marshalled by the GLD Marshal, Reg Burton.
The service was held at the Parish Church of St Nicholas, and was conducted by the Rev. Amanda Keighley, the Parish Priest, and the preacher, Father Tom Keighley. The Episcopal Blessing was given by our own Chaplain, Bishop Michael. The service was attended by over 200 and had to be relayed over speakers to those outside the church. The widow of Ian, along with his two young sons, his mother and sister, and colleagues were also in attendance, as well as many veterans and members of the Legion.
Following the church service, the Parade returned to the Elm Park Royal British Legion Branch, the Mayor of Havering and the local clergy taking the salute. The Elm Park RBL was thanked for a sumptuous buffet they had provided.
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