Remembrance brings us together in recognition of all who have served and sacrificed on behalf of our country, both past and present. We want to ensure the contributions of people from all communities are recognised, and that all feel able to take part in Remembrance activity.

Soldiers of different colours and creeds came from across the Commonwealth to play a crucial role in defending the freedoms we enjoy today. The armies that fought in the Second World War were the largest multicultural force that has ever served together, and are more reflective of the modern day ethnic diversity we see in Britain today, than the Britain of 1939 to 1945.

The service of Commonwealth soldiers is one of many examples of how the history of Empire and decolonisation shaped modern Britain. We need to recognise that and engage with all of its complexity and controversies in an open, honest and constructive way as a key foundation for understanding the society that we share

We are supporting the Remember Together campaign’s call to ensure all who served are fully recognised through better education, commemoration and documentation of our shared history. Over the coming months we will be telling people how they can get involved in our project and share their stories of service, sacrifice and contribution.

It is not only the contributions of black and Asian soldiers that have been forgotten. But in a year that has marked 75 years since VE and VJ Day, we believe more should be done to highlight the role of soldiers from across the Commonwealth, ensuring their contributions are reflected and acknowledged, and that Remembrance activity is truly inclusive.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Lester, actor;
Meera Syal, actor and writer;
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London;
Sajid Javid MP;
Liam Byrne MP
Nusrat Ghani MP
Dan Jarvis MP
Baroness Warsi;
Andrew Murrison MP
Stuart McDonald MP
Rushanara Ali MP
Virendra Sharma MP
Helen Grant MP;

Anas Sarwar MSP;
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
Patrick Vernon, author, 100 Great black Britons;
Zehra Zaidi, We Too Built Britain;
Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future;
General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC, former Chief of the General Staff;
General The Lord Richards GCB CBE DSO DL, Former Chief of Defence Staff and Grand
President of The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League;
Allan Wilmott, WW2 veteran;
Sergeant Mohammad Hussain (Rtd), WW2 veteran;
Charles Byrne, Director-General, Royal British Legion;
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director, Young Vic;
Yasmin Alibhai Brown, writer;
Trevor Phillips OBE;
Shailesh Solanki, Executive Editor, Asian Media Group;
Stephen Pollard, editor, Jewish Chronicle;
Katharine Birbalsingh, Co-founder, Michaela Community School;
Julie Siddiqi, Co-founder, Nisa-Nashim Jewish Muslim Women’s Network;
Jasvir Singh, City Sikhs;
Sanjay Jagatia, Director, Hindu Council UK;
Imam Qari Asim MBE, Chair, Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board;
Shrabani Basu, author;
Shahina Ahmed, Principal, Eden Girls School;
Roma Taylor, Windrush Cymru Elders:
Dr Linda Yueh, Chair, Royal Commonwealth Society;
Robert Tombs, historian;
Stephen Bourne, author of Black Poppies and Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime
Daniel Todman, Professor of Modern History, Queen Mary University of London;
Adam Wagner, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers;
Gaynor Legall, Chair, The Heritage & Cultural Exchange;
Professor Uzo Iwobi OBE , Founder, Race Council Cymru;
Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds;
Mustafa Field OBE, Director, Faiths Forum for London;
Chris Campbell, Chair, South Wales Jamaican Society;
Rogiero Verma, Chair, Royal Commonwealth Society Wales;
Tim Dixon, Co-founder, More in Common;
Meg Henry and Linda Cowie, Joint Directors, The Linking Network.