Remembrance Day

This is also known as Armistice Day and is on the 11th November in Commonwealth Countries.

Remembrance Day marks the day that World War One ended which was in 1918 at 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th Month. Since the 11th November 1919 the nation has taken part in a two minute silence which is a chance for everyone to take a moment to remember those people who gave their lives during World War One. This was first initiated on the 7th November 1919 by King George V who stated that on; “The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - there may be for the brief space of two minutes a complete suspension of all our normal activities… so that in perfect stillness the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”

Why do we wear a Poppy?

Poppies grew in great numbers across the battlefields of Belgium and Northern France. After the death of his friend in 1915 Lieutenant Colonel, John McCrae described the battlefield in a famous poem called In Flanders Fields. John McCrae described the devastation of the battle destroying the land whilst the poppies remained. Since then the poppy has become the symbol of remembrance and is worn by millions of people leading up to the 11th November to show support whilst also being used in various ceremonies throughout the day and Remembrance Sunday. The Royal British Legion now sells poppies to raise money for people who served during the war and their families.

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Day is followed by Remembrance Sunday which falls on the second Sunday of November. This year it falls on Sunday 12th November 2017 and is a chance for ceremonies to take place in honour of the fallen soldiers and their families. Members of the Royal Family, retired soldiers and some members of parliament are led by the queen in the Cenotaph Commemorations in London. Get Involved:
  • A special Silence in Trafalgar Square event takes place every year on 11th November (Open to the public)
  • The Cenotaph Commemorations take place in London on the 12th November 2017 (Requires a ticket to be allocated)
  • National Memorial Arboretum hold an outdoor Remembrance service on the 12th November (Open to the general public throughout the day from 8:00am until dusk)
For more ceremonies on and around Remembrance Day visit the Royal British Legion website.

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