The busy BE Offices fell silent at 11am this morning as clients and staff alike congregated in the receptions of our 12 business centres across London and the South East to pay respect to those lost in past conflicts.
Two minutes of silence were observed joining millions of people across the country in remembering the heroes of both World Wars and conflicts that have taken place since.
One of the focal points of this years commemorations is the Tower of London there the artwork Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red features 888,246 ceramic poppies, each one representing a British or colonial death during the First World War. Just down the road from our Minories business centre, most of us have taken the opportunity to go along to view this extraordinary and moving installation.
At the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night the son of one of Business Environment’s employees was chosen to represent the Jewish community in a multi-faith prayer for peace which saw cadets of Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jewish faiths come together in hope for a more peaceful future.
In front of Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and members of Her Majesty’s Government Jacob Tucker, a Haberdashers’ Aske’s School Navy CCF cadet, read the following:
“To pray to the Lord of Hosts for that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
The festival was broadcast on BBC1 on Saturday evening.