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Bishops join call for inclusive Remembrance Sunday

"Remember Together", coordinated by the Royal British Legion and integration thinktank British Future encourages people from different backgrounds to learn about and commemorate their shared history.

Servicemen and women from Allied nations such as Poland and the Czech Republic fought for Britain in the Second World War, alongside millions from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Caribbean, Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Events held in Leicester and in Boston, Lincolnshire honour the contributions and sacrifices of people from all ethnic backgrounds to the war effort.

In a joint letter published in the Observer Bishop James Newcome and Bishop Martyn Snow, Imam Qari Asim and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner have urged the public to remember "how soldiers from Britain and its allies from across the Commonwealth nations, the US and the free armies of Europe fought side-by-side to overcome adversity," and to "reflect on the things that we share."

Former Chief of Defence Staff Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, as well as representatives from Britain's Sikh and Hindu communities, Polish veterans and Pakistan's High Commission to the UK also joined them in reminding people that Remembrance is for all of us.

Head of Remembrance at the Royal British Legion, Catherine Davies said: "Today's Britain is made up of so many communities whose ancestors stood together in our darkest hour. Remembering the service and sacrifice of all of these communities is vital to understanding our shared Remembrance heritage."
It is a message that we should share far and wide across the UK - that Remembrance belongs to us all.

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