The Minister for Veterans, Kevan Jones MP, attended a special event hosted by Sadiq Khan MP in Tooting and paid tribute to the service of veterans and current members of HM Armed Forces. Local veterans met the Minister who personally thanked them for their service. School children from FircroftPrimary School also attended and asked veteran Mr Cyril Moisey some very pertinent questions about his experiences during the war. The event took place on Friday 26th June at HolyTrinityChurch at 74 Trinity Road, LondonSW17 7SQ.
Sadiq Khan MP said, “I am really pleased that the Minister for Veterans, Kevan Jones MP could come to Tooting to meet our local heroes.”
“I was both proud and humbled to meet and to honour our local veterans.” “It was wonderful that local school children could be there to ask veterans about the war directly. It is through events like these that we can ensure that we never forget what happened.”
“It’s been a real honour for me to be able to organise this event today. I’m immensely proud to be the MP of such a diverse constituency, and that is possible because of the courage and determination by the Veterans here today to stand up for what is good and right. Today is a celebration of those men and women, and I am personally grateful to them for their service to this great country”.
Reverend Hugh Grear also welcomed the ceremony, "As I said in my speech to the assembled guests, the fact that I am able to address a room of people from different backgrounds in a Church, accompanied by a Muslim MP, a Catholic priest, and to then read a Jewish prayer highlights the kind of freedom that we are accustomed to in this country, largely down to the sacrifices and efforts of the men and women of the British Armed Forces. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have a number of them here today”. Veteran John Gibbs said, "This celebration of local veterans organised by Mr Khan was a great way of acknowledging all veterans collective service to this country in the many campaigns that they have been involved in."
Veteran Digger Smith said, “I’m very happy to have been invited to this Veterans Day event and be able to pay tribute to my fellow service men and women. It was wonderful to see many local children in attendance taking an interest. I hope Mr Khan will continue to hold this event annually”.