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Remembrance

Remembrance

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.

Future Remembrance Sunday dates are:

  •  14 November 2021
  • 13 November 2022

about the Remembrance Service please use the links below-

Armistice Day 2021

This is a time for Silence, a time for Reflection on Thursday the 11th of November 2021.

The act of observing a Two Minute Silence began in 1919 following the Armistice at 11am on 11 November 1918 at the end of the First World War.

"If we are to maintain our peace and freedom, we must always remember."

More than three quarters of the population are expected to pause for the Two Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November, the moment the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. This has become the biggest annual demonstration of public support for any cause in the country.

The success of The Royal British Legion's campaign for the reinstatement of the Two Minute Silence on Armistice Day - at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - demonstrates the nation's concern that the human cost of war should not be forgotten.

Two Minutes Silence

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The Two Minute Silence is observed on Armistice Day, the day which marks the end of the First World War.

The Royal British Legion has always supported the traditional Remembrance Sunday services and the customary Two Minute Silence on that day. As the national custodian of Remembrance, the Legion also believes that when 11 November (Armistice Day) falls on days other than Sundays - on working days - Remembrance should be brought into the everyday life of the nation on those days as well.

The revival of support for observance of this demonstrates that, despite the passing of the years and the declining number of veterans, the nation still feels strongly about Remembrance.

Remembrance transcends all boundaries. The Legion seeks a small yet important individual and collective act, a rare moment when the nation can stand together and reflect on the price of freedom. That price is still being paid. More than 12,000 British Servicemen and women have been killed or injured on active service since 1945.

"If we are to maintain our peace and freedom, we must always remember."

If you would like a video or mp3 file for your 2 minute silence, please use the link below-

Flanders Field of Poppies-

11 November 1918 signalled the end of The Great War; the Armistice between the Allies and Germany came into effect. Since 1921, the nation has come together to remember the sacrifices that hundreds of thousands of British and Commonwealth Service men and women made not just during the Great War, but World War II and all subsequent wars and conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

To salute all these heroes and express gratitude this Remembrance Day, The Royal British Legion is planting a "Flanders' Field" of Poppies beside the Menin Gate in Ypres.

 

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