The num­bers are up for Ajex’s big pa­rade

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

THE AS­SO­CI­A­TION of Jewish Ex-Ser­vice­men and Women’s an­nual pa­rade will be com­manded by a Jewish serv­ing of­fi­cer, Lieu­tenant Colonel Si­mon Soskin of the Gre­nadier Guards, for the first time in re­cent history. One of the UK’s most se­nior of­fi­cers, Field Mar­shal Lord Guthrie, will be the re­view­ing of­fi­cer.

Ajex expects up to 3,000 war veter­ans and com­mu­nity mem­bers to join Sun­day’s pa­rade and ser­vice at the Ceno­taph. An Ajex spokesper­son noted that the pa­rade had at­tracted in­creased sup­port from ex-ser­vice­men’s fam­i­lies and communal groups in re­cent years. The 70th an­niver­sary of the end of the war had also raised in­ter­est.

Colonel Martin New­man, chair­man of the Jewish Com­mit­tee for HM Forces, saidthat“LtColSoskin­hashadrespon­si­bil­ity for the na­tional ser­vice of re­mem­brance and most cer­e­mo­nial events in Lon­don. I know that he is de­lighted to have been given the hon­our.”

Lord Guthrie said that “many Jewish men and women made the supreme sac­ri­fice and have been an ex­am­ple to us all of duty and com­mit­ment”.

The ser­vice will be led by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Jewish Forces chap­lain Rabbi Reuben Liv­ing­stone. Jewish Care res­i­dent Mor­ris Kaye, 94, lays a wreath at a cer­e­mony at the lo­cal war me­mo­rial

Matthew Nathan par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Leeds Ajex Re­mem­brance Sun­day event and ( mark­ing Armistice Day at the Brodet­sky cam­pus

PHOTO: YAKIR ZUR

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