“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 Dr Peter Abbott, the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, at which some 150 attended.
The latest Remembrance Service took place in St George’s Church on Sunday 13th November 2016 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 Norman Hutcheson, Church of Scotland, who also gave the sermon.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 Pope and Hickie families, the Bombeiros Voluntários de Lisboa, the Liga dos Combatentes, a visiting British Member of Parliament, the British Armed Forces, the Canadian Government, the British Government and , of course, the Royal British Legion. The Service which followed was very well attended by some 350 people in the congregation including 20 children in uniform from Queen Elizabeth's School and a good number of uniformed servicemen and women and their families. Six other children from different international schools read out the Prayers of Intercession. We also had the presence of a lady piper in full regalia who added even more colour and atmosphere to the occasion. After the close of this Service a shortened Eucharist was celebrated.