Guides lay Magen David poppies at AJEX Parade

ON BEHALF OF AJEX: AJEX chairman Tony Faber lays the annual Remembrance Day Parade wreath at the Newton Mearns War Memorial on Sunday morning.

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THE community turned out in force for the annual AJEX Remembrance Day Parade and Service.

There was good representation from the Jewish and wider community at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Newton Mearns War Memorial on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice to end the First World War.

The AJEX wreath was laid by chairman Tony Faber and the one on behalf of the community by Glasgow Jewish Representative Council co-president Evy Yedd.

Members of the 5th Giffnock Guides laid Magen David poppies in the Garden of Remembrance.

Standard bearers were Zack Baker and Daniel Cohen, from JLGB, and guide leader Joelle Abraham and guides Ellie Berlow-Jackson and Jenna Wilson, from the 5th Giffnock Company.

The Neilston and District Pipe Band led British Legion and AJEX members, cadets, family representatives, guides and senior school pupils on the march from Fairweather Hall to the memorial.

The service address was given by Dr Steven Kayne who said: “Over the past 300 years, more than 100,000 British Jews have fought for their country and more than 6,000 have died in action.

“They have been willing to serve, in disproportionately high numbers, with their comrades and lay down their lives.

“When war was declared on August 4, 1914, the Jews felt that the UK had been all it could be to them and said that they in turn would be all they could be for the UK.

“We remember the Jewish soldiers who served from the Commonwealth and in Palestine, where heavy losses were suffered.

“Many are buried in the British War Cemetery on Mount Scopus.”

The roll of honour was read out by Elliot Faber; the Memorial Prayer was recited by Bernard Hill and Kaddish by AJEX brigade commander Monty Cowen; The Flowers of the Forest was performed by piper Gilbert Mackay; the Last Post by trumpeter Kieran Aitken; and the Oration was given by Tony Faber.

After the service, refreshments, sponsored by the Walton Foundation and prepared by Irene Yona, were served.

East Renfrewshire Provost Jim Fletcher was introduced by Mrs Yedd.

Mrs Yedd, who spoke of her pride that the Rep Council, AJEX and Newton Mearns Synagogue came together each year to organise the event, said: “Those who volunteered and enlisted for their country set us a wonderful example to follow.

“Provost Fletcher, in every way, you have always been a true friend to the Jewish people and we are grateful that you have joined us here today.”

Provost Fletcher said: “We are deeply grateful that so many people from the Jewish community have turned out year after year to support this event and keep it going.”

The Provost spoke of the influence of Australian Jewish General John Monash in shaping the outcome of the First World War.

The vote of thanks was given by Mr Faber.

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