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British Embassy honours fallen soldiers alongside Lebanese and Palestinian veterans
The British Embassy Beirut held ‘Remembrance Day’ service at the Beirut Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in honour of the soldiers who were killed during World Wars I and II and in other conflicts.
The service was attended by British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher, British Defence Attaché Lt. Col. James Cushner, Brig.-Gen. Antoine Al Halabi, representing Lebanese Army Commander, Brig.-Gen. Majed Tarabay, representing head of the Internal Security Forces.
Ambassadors, diplomats and military attachés of US, European and Commonwealth countries as well as members from the Indian and Malaysian battalions working with UNIFIL were also present.
A number of Lebanese and Palestinian war veterans, who served with the British army in World War II, attended with their families. At the end of the service Christobal Al Khawli from the charity ‘Dar Al Awlad’ joined by two members from the British Royal Marines, laid the wreath on the memorial.
The Beirut War Cemetery is the final resting place of around 1,200 people, most of whom were from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. The war graves are supervised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.