Karen Karpowich, Executive Director, and Duncan Karcher, National Board President of the ESU were in attendance at the Queen Elizabeth II Garden to commemorate and honor our fallen heroes. Also participating were representatives of the British Societies along with numerous UN Military Advisors and members of the Anglo-American Community in New York City.
At 11 AM on the 11th day of the 11th month when the armistice was signed in 1918 to end WW1, there were 2 minutes of silence, followed by a musical presentation by the Allied Forces Foundation led by Pipe Major Terence McGovern. Nicholas P. Howard CEO of QEII Garden welcomed the group and introduced Emma Wade-Smith, OBE HM Consul General to New York, HM Trade Commissioner for North America.
In addition to the traditional laying of the wreath readings and other tributes including a performance of The Star-Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen by Patricia Summers Edwards.
The poem In Flanders Field was read by the Consul General:
In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
Poppies were distributed and worn by all.