Kent Equality Cohesion Council marked Remembrance Day 2023 by laying wreaths at both the Gravesham and Dartford remembrance events. The wreaths were laid to highlight and mark the vast contributions and ultimate sacrifices made by soldiers from the Commonwealth.

KECC in recent years have made a concerted effort to spread awareness of the soldiers from the Commonwealth and the doubtless part they played in Britain’s victory in the World Wars, a stark fact that has historically been sadly overlooked and erased. As such, the organisation has produced short films around the subject, with the intention to educate and inform the public around the many Commonwealth countries who contributed to the war effort, with soldiers serving in less than favourable conditions and who faced discrimination and racism from the very country they were serving.

Gurvinder Sandher MBE DL, CEO of Kent Equality Cohesion Council commented, “We are passionate about cultural diversity and representation, it is essentially the back bone of the work we do. So we felt it imperative to not only mark and pay tribute to those countless souls who served in the World Wars, but also mark the lives and sacrifices of those souls who do not have their names engraved on war monuments or have statues made in their honour. Every year we pay respect to the soldiers from the Caribbean, Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent who laid down their lives for our freedom and who deserve to be commemorated and celebrated alongside British soldiers. We thank them, commemorate them and hope that history will do the same in coming years.”