Sergeant Martin Freeman with some of the visitors to our Peace Ceremony.
See ITV Footage here: http://www.itv.com/news/london/update/2013-06-16/inter-faith-concert-in-woolwich/
Representatives of all major faiths joined forces to restore peace to a community shocked and stunned by the devastating attack on an off-duty British Soldier, on home soil.
Wilson Chowdhry Chairperson for the British Pakistani Christian Association said;
"This event was a collaboration between people of good conscience who through their actions have shown that love has no colour, creed or religion. By standing together in solidarity people of all faiths have illustrated that Britain is a resilient and harmonious society."
Guests arrived from across the country to share their grief at the loss of a national hero and to condemn the attacks by extremists with bent ideologies.
A local Woolwich choir from RCCG -City of David Church performed hymns of remembrance, their stunning performance was filmed by film crews from BBC and ITV London news.
Ooberfuse an electropop from Plumstead performed a song they released for Drummer Lee Rigby calling for calm and a crusade of love. The words "This only unites us!" from their song provided the title for the event.
Ranbir Singh of the Hindu Human Rights Group said;
"... Sunday 16 June 2013 was an important milestone in the fight against extremism and intolerance. Despite the challenges, the various faith and ethnic communities that reside and work together in London will not be torn apart by the mindless violence of a minuscule core of extremists, we will stand together in stopping this hatred. This will be achieved by continually working on our respective strengths and values and building bridges with the wider communities in this society in which we all have a stake."
Samina Rehmat a Muslim poet and Journalist for the "Jang" and "UK Times" news said;
"We were together before, we are together now and we will always be together. This act of extremism does not represent Islam, it is simply an evil attack by people filled with hatred."
Davinder Bedi, Presenter on Luv Asia Radio and featured artist on BBC Asia Network, said;
"Being part of an event that reached out to people and challenged then to rethink on the perceptions of others was rewarding. I learnt much about the Muslim and Christian faiths. I also shared precepts of my Sikh beliefs with others, the experience has changed the stereotypes I previously held."
Davina Hall who is a breast cancer survivor who recently shared her story in the press alongside Angelia Jolie as she is too a Brca 1 carrier and also underwent a double mastectomy last year. Davina has recently been closely involved with Cancer Research in promoting events such as Race For Life, she is currently trying to pursue a career in music and enjoying life to the full after her life changing experience.
Romford based performer Davina Hall agreed to sing in honour of Lee Rigby, after being horrified that one of the attackers was from her home town. She is a breast cancer survivor and recently shared her story in the press alongside Angelia Jolie also a Brca 1 carrier who underwent a double mastectomy last year. Davina has recently been closely involved with Cancer Research in promoting events such as Race For Life.She said;
Danny O'Brien from Anti-knife UK an organisation that raises awareness of knife crime, said;
"I felt the event was an eye-opener and proved that all faiths can work together to make a difference."
Sergeant Martin Freeman received flowers from a delegation of the Peace event. This was the first occasion that the military base had opened their gates to receive floral tributes to Lee Rigby. Sergeant Freeman said;
"We are very grateful for the sympathy and love shown by so many people, it has given great confidence to our soldiers."
Ronnie Bindra, from the Baha'i Community of Greenwich, said;
"I think events like this definitely help counter any negative views of religion, and we all came together on Sunday to show how followers of different faiths and none can unite and work together to improve our communities and society."
Muyiwa Olarewaju Station Director Premier Gospel, said:
“Sunday was a moment that Truth spoke loudly to drown out intolerance and injustice. The BPCA again showed great leadership in facilitating an opportunity for the voice on men and women of all faith to be heard, the voice of London was heard, we will not be divided”
ITV London and BBC London filmed interviews before the start of the event.
Members of Woolwich Central Baptist Church engaged with Ronnie Bindra representative of the Greenwich Bahais.
Samina Rehmat joined the discussion a Muslim poet.
The rain could not keep Danny O'Brien from Anti-Knife UK or Davina Hall away.
The Angels choir from Woolwich based RCCG- City of David Church displayed great colour.
The Angels appeared on ITV and BBC London News.
Revd Dr Darrell Hannah travelled form All Saints Church in Ascot.
Revd Hannah spoke of the need for calm and unity.
Ooberfuse sang a song written for Lee Rigby.
Ronnie Bindra spoke for the Greenwich Bahai Community.
Davina Hall belted out an Ella Mcpherson classic
Ooberfuse and RCCG Choir collaborated on stage.
Revd Darrell Hannah prayed for succour to the family of Lee Rigby and for a restoration of peace in Britain at the location of the attack.
Onlookers joined the prayers.
Ronnie Bindra read a short message.
Samina Rehmat spoke words of comfort.
A 1 minutes silence was observed.
Artistic graffiti shows the queen crying.
A wreath was presented to Sargent Martin Freeman.
This only unites us!
The flag pinpoints the location where Lee Rigby was attacked.