The Royal British Legion is recognised as the national custodian of Remembrance.
Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.
If you would like to read a little more about the meaning of Remembrance and some of its powerful symbols, this page may be of interest to you.
ARMISTICE DAY 2020
On Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday nearest Armistice Day 11th November, people around the world pause to honour all those who serve and who have served to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth; we pay tribute to the special contribution of families and of the emergency services; and we acknowledge innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism. Remembrance does not glorify war and its symbol, the red poppy, is a sign of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future.
This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on 8th November. In previous years it has been marked by a Remembrance Service in the Fishermen’s Church in Javea Port, organised by the Javea Branch of the Royal British Legion where locals and visitors alike pack the church to join in a simple but poignant Act of Remembrance. Sadly, current restrictions prevent this taking place in the normal format this year but the National Act of Remembrance, itself in a reduced format, will be televised from London.
The Legion here in Javea will still mark the day on which the guns fell silent as the Armistice came into effect at the end of World War 1 but on 11th November itself. A short Act of Remembrance will be livestreamed on Facebook on the ‘Royal British Legion – Javea Branch’ and ‘Javea Connect’ pages and broadcast simultaneously on Pure Gold FM, starting at 10.55am. Please pause wherever you may find yourself and join us in remembering. If you would like to join us in the Act of Remembrance, here is a copy of the Order of Service
REMEMBRANCE DAY 2019
In 2019, Remembrance Sunday fell on 10th November and once again the Fishermen's Church is Javea Port was filled to capacity as we remembered The Fallen in a moving ceremony led by Father Marcus Ronchetti. You can see the report below.
On Monday 11th November, we also supported a service that was held in nearby Moraira, and that report is also below.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2018
On Sunday, 11th November 2018, the Javea Branch of the Royal British Legion held its traditional Remembrance Sunday church service in the Fishermen's Church in Javea Port. You can read the report below:
A few days prior to that, the English Choir performed a moving convert in Moraira and generously donated some of the proceeds to the 2018 Poppy Appeal.
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2017
There was a full house at the 'Fisherman's Church' in Javea Port for the annual Remembrance Sunday Service.
Roger Dawes, President of the Javea Branch of the Royal British Legion, said it was "standing room only" for an emotional service taken by Father Marcus Ronchetti of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy.
"The Laude Lady Elizabeth School Choir was absolutely wonderful, they sang two songs and there were several soloists who went up to the microphone and sang their hearts out: it brought tears to people's eyes." he said.
He said Lea Braganini presented a 'poppy board' full of felt flowers handmade by her children's sewing group; headed "Lest We Forget", each youngster's name was beside their creation. Roger said the children had also donated more than €103 to the Poppy Appeal after Lea had explained the significance of Remembrance Day and the iconic scarlet flowers. "It was a wonderful gesture and brought tears to my eyes."
Former Wrens Karen Blair and Julie Keene laid a wreath in the church: 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to enlist in the Armed Forces.
From a report by Jack Troughton in Costa Blanca News