Farnham and Defence Humanists honour the fallen at the
2018 Farnham Remembrance Day Ceremony on Sunday 11th November.
Our chair, Alan Montgomery, laid the Farnham Humanists’ wreath this year accompanied by a serving member of the Armed Forces from Defence Humanists.
Farnham Humanists issued the following press release:
“Farnham Chair, Dr Alan Montgomery represented local Humanists on Sunday, laying a wreath at the Gostrey Meadow war memorial. Dr Montgomery was accompanied by a senior serving Army officer representing Defence Humanists.
More than a quarter of serving members of the armed forces describe themselves as having ‘no religion’ but until now they have not been officially recognised at the National Remembrance Day ceremony. A wide spectrum of religious groups participate, yet it was only this year that Humanists UK were invited to the ceremony at the cenotaph in London.
“Farnham was many years ahead. Since 2005 the local Royal British Legion and the Mayors of Farnham and Waverley have invited Farnham Humanists to join their ceremony,” said Dr Montgomery.
“With over 400 members and supporters, the Defence Humanists are a growing network of non-religious service personnel, MOD civil servants, veterans and their families who seek to represent the interests of all those who subscribe to humanist ideals. It was an honour and a privilege for us to lay our wreath on the network’s behalf, formally acknowledging the respect and appreciation we have towards those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts past and present.”
A group of us met for coffee afterwards and met outside a café in Farnham.