This week Jon Cruddas MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust; as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

Last weekend was Remembrance Sunday, and with a long service history across Dagenham and Rainham there were a number of remembrance events. This year Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham attended the Rainham service. This year was bigger than ever, with what looked like a thousand local residents; who alongside veterans, local cadets and scouts, and dignitaries – marched down Upminster Road South from the working men’s club to the War Memorial in Rainham Village.

Another year passes and in three short months we will be remembering, as we do every year, that our liberties are built on the sacrifices of those that went before us. Remembrance Sunday this year falls on 13th November. Dagenham has a long and proud service history and has traditionally marked the day with a number of services across the borough. None more famous than the procession in Dagenham Village, led by the Dagenham Girl Pipers.

Fred Jones passed away in hospital earlier this week at the age of 88, four years after he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the borough. Born in Liverpool, he moved to Barking in 1932 and was first elected as a councillor in 1964, remaining in office until May 2006.

He was appointed a Freeman of the Borough in 1985 and served as Mayor of Barking and Dagenham for the year 1990/91. In 2006 he was made an Honorary Alderman in recognition of his outstanding service to the borough.

Remembrance Sunday (11.11.2012) in Dagenham Village

Remembrance Sunday this year in Dagenham Village saw a fantastic turnout, with the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Anthony Ramsey in attendance alongside local MP Jon Cruddas. The local ward Councillors were also present amongst a host of veterans, members of the Royal British Legion, the Dagenham Girl Pipers and many local residents.

Armed Forces Day 2012

Armed Forces Day 2012


This will be the fourth annual Armed Forces Day.