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Time to rethink Remembrance

November 2016

During all our lives, Remembrance Sunday has been held regularly on the Sunday nearest the 11th November, the second Sunday in the month.

Remembrance Day or Armistice Day marks the day World War One ended at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. At 11am on every Remembrance Day a two minute silence is held at various events and areas across the UK to remember all the people who have died in this and other wars.

It is always a moving time, and the main national ceremony held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, is watched on television by millions.

But of course well before Remembrance Day we will all have noticed the Poppy Collectors, acting on behalf of the Royal British Legion to raise money. These funds go to help millions of people across the UK who have served in the armed forces, their dependants and other associated people. The Legion helps people from any conflict, including survivors and families of men and women who served in Afghanistan.

The charity’s work varies from offering home help to veterans to campaigning for higher compensation for the wounded and even funding school uniforms for children of service personnel who have lost their lives or earning ability.

This year the Royal British Legion has a new theme...Rethink Remembrance. They are asking the nation to recognise the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too. For many people and especially those of our age, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, the Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

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Buying poppies is a great way to help and you can find a great number of related products at the official Poppy Shop.

This year Remembrance Sunday is being held on the 13th of November. While there are many  ceremonies and events held across the UK,  the official national ceremony in London remains the same year on year, starting with military bands playing and then a two minutes silence marked by the firing of a field gun on Horse Guards Parade. This is followed by Royal Marines buglers sounding Last Post and RAF buglers sounding The Rouse.

Then wreaths are laid, starting with a wreath on behalf of the nation being laid by the Queen. Following this are wreaths from other members of the Royal family and then by political leaders including Commonwealth High Commissioners plus representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Force, the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets and then civilian emergency services.

A short religious service of remembrance is then conducted by the Bishop of London and the hymn O God our Help in Ages Past is sung led by the massed bands and the choir of the Chapel Royal.

As the bands play, the parade of veterans will start. This is organised by the Royal British Legion and is a massive operation in itself, getting everyone organised and moving  down towards the Cenotaph in the right order at the right time.

If you are thinking of going to London for the ceremony, no passes or tickets are required and the ceremony can be watched from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street. Whitehall opens to the public at 8am and there will be temporary public toilets in Whitehall Place.

Find out more here.


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