Farmers join Remembrance Sunday parade at Cenotaph

Farmer representatives will this morning (9 Nov) lay a wreath at the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.

NFU president Peter Kendall will take part in the ceremony, which was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the World War I.

The scope of the ceremony has since been extended to focus on the dead of both world wars and all who have suffered and died in conflict and those who mourn them.

This will be the NFU’s first ever participation in the parade and it recognises the vital role played by farming during two world wars when production was massively increased to feed the nation.

The union has said that Winston Churchill summed up the importance of agriculture in 1940 when he wrote to the president of the NFU Sir Thomas Peacock: “The farms of Britain are the frontline of freedom.”

Mr Kendall will be joined by deputy president Meurig Raymond, vice president Paul Temple, NFU Cymru president Dai Davies, NFU Scotland president Jim McLaren, NFU director general Richard MacDonald and 11 NFU members.

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