ABU DHABI, 13th November 2016 (WAM): Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, together with Ambassadors, diplomats, military attaches from over 20 countries and clergymen from many of the Christian denominations present in Abu Dhabi, took part this evening in the annual Remembrance Sunday service of worship at St. Andrew’s Church in Abu Dhabi.

The service is held each year on the Sunday closest to 11th November, the date on which the First World War came to an end.

The purpose of the service, according to the Reverend Canon Andrew Thompson, the Vicar of St. Andrew’s Church, is to remember the sacrifice of those who have laid down their lives in war while serving their country. It seeks to demonstrate, in a key phrase used each year during the service, that: “We will remember them.”

While the annual event began to mark those who died in the First World War, it has subsequently come to mark the loss of life by members of the armed forces of all nations. Reverend Thompson specifically referred during his address to those members of the Emirati armed forces who have lost their lives in defence of the UAE.