Westminster Abbey marks Blind Veterans UK Centenary
Tuesday, 6th October 2015
The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor The Lady Flight, attended a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of Blind Veterans UK at Westminster Abbey at Noon on Tuesday 6th October 2015. The National Anthem was sung.
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding:
Westminster Abbey, this great church, here for over a thousand years, representing the beauty and power of almighty God at the heart of our national life, welcomes us to explore the goodness and love of God. Today we come to give thanks to God for a hundred years of loving care for veterans who have been blinded in a century of conflicts. We give thanks for the courage and strength of those for whom blindness is not a crippling disability but a condition of life and for the support that helps them triumph.
Alastair Caplin, violinist, played Reach your hand to my shoulder, written for the service.
David Dimbleby, broadcaster, introduced an audio collage of Testimonies.
Billy Baxter, Rehabilitation Training Liaison Officer, Blind Veterans UK, read Psalm 145: 1 – 16. Barbara Windsor MBE, actor, read Romans 8: 31 – end.