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The National Muslim Service of Remembrance (NMSR) has taken place at the British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) in Manchester.
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The NMSR is in its fourth year and honours the significant contribution of Muslim troops who fought for Britain as part of the British Indian Army during the World Wars and acknowledges the vital role that they continue to play in defending our country.
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During the service, British Muslim organisations and Armed Forces leaders came together to pay their respects with speeches from Maj Gen David Eastman, General Officer Commanding Regional Command , Lt Gen (Retd) James Bashall, National President of the Royal British Legion, and representatives from the BMHC, the British Pakistan Foundation and Member of Parliament for Manchester Gorton Afzal Khan MP. The Kohima Epitaph was read by Maj Naveed Muhammad of Regional Command.
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Major Naveed explained the significance of the service, “Remembrance is an opportunity to recognise the vital and significant contribution made by those who fought in the past and those who serve today. It is also an opportunity to recognise the effects of conflict on civilians and families. Given Britain’s connection with the Commonwealth, it is important to recognise the rich heritage of military service that exists within our country’s diverse communities.”
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