“They shall grow not 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 morningWe will remember them”From a poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
Every year we hold an ecumenical service in conjunction with the Portugal Branch of the Royal British Legion to remember those who gave their lives in the service of others. This event for the British community usually attracts some 300 people. In 2010 The Memorial Cross was erected following a request by Mark Hanmer, the Representative for the Royal British Legion, who organises the event every year.
“In lasting memory of those who gave their lives in the service of others for the freedom we enjoy today and of those whose names are commemorated as such inside this church and cemetery. Lest we forget."THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The congregation were invited to a Reception after the Service at the British Ambassador's Residence hosted by HE Kirsty Hayes, Ambassador, at which some 150 attended.
The latest Remembrance Service took place in St George’s Church on Sunday 12th November 2017 starting at 10.50 am with the Act of Remembrance in front of the Memorial Cross followed by the Church Service, which was led by the Reverend Dr Frank Sawyer, Chaplain for the Greater Lisbon Chaplaincy. He was assisted by the Reverend David McLeod, Locum Minister, St Andrew’s Church of Scotland.The Remembrance Ceremony in front of the Memorial Cross at St George's Church saw wreaths being laid on behalf of the Stilwell family, the Rawes family, the Bombeiros Voluntários de Lisboa, the Liga dos Combatentes, St Julian’s School, STRIKEFORNATO, the Canadian, Maltese, and British governments, and, of course, the Royal British Legion. The Service which followed was very well attended by some 350 people in the congregation and a good number of uniformed servicemen and women and their families.The Prayers of Intercession were read by children from The International Preparatory, St Julians' and Queen Elizabeth's Schools and the Sintra Academy.The first reading was by HE Kirsty Hayes, Britsh Embassy, the second by RA Guy A Robinson , STRIKFORNATO, and the Gospel reading by The Reverend David McLeod, Locum Minister, St Andrew’s Church of Scotland. The sermon was delivered by The Reverend Dr Frank Sawyer, Chaplain for the Greater Lisbon Chaplaincy.After the close of this Service a shortened Eucharist was celebrated.