The 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War is nearly here.
This is a time to pause our own busy lives to remember all those who have given their lives for our freedom. People across the nation will pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave service men and women who have fought for our country, selflessly and courageously.
There are lots of events throughout the year including commemorative and Remembrance events and fundraising activities. Some of these include the following:
- Berkshire Poppy Appeal Windsor Castle Launch - Saturday 27 October 2018, 10 am
- Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance dedication service at the Scott Monument - Monday 29 October 2018, 11 am
- Glasgow Garden of Remembrance dedication service at George Square - Tuesday 30 October 2018
- Bristol Poppy Day - Thursday 1 November 2018
- London Poppy Day - Thursday 1 November 2018
- Manchester Poppy Day - Friday 2 November 2018
- Gateshead Field of Remembrance - Saturday 3 November 2018
- Belfast Field of Remembrance - Monday 5 November 2018
- Garden of Remembrance at St Paul's Cathedral - Monday 5 November 2018
- Birmingham Poppy Day - Tuesday 6 November 2018
- Cardiff Field of Remembrance - Wednesday 7 November 2018
- Westminster Abbey Field of Remembrance - Thursday 8 November 2018
- Lydiard Park Field of Remembrance - Friday 9 November 2018
- Remembrance Sunday 2018 - Sunday 11 November 2018 - As part of the Remembrance Sunday commemorations, Britain and Germany are joining in a call for bells of all kinds to be rung globally to replicate the outpouring of relief when the guns fell silent.
Please see the British Legion website where you can find a full list of service and parades. SEE HERE
Danny Boyle's beach takeover ‘Pages of the Sea’ to honour World War One soldiers.
The public is invited to assemble at one of 30 beaches at low-tide. A large scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War will be drawn into the sand at each location and washed away as the tide comes in.
In addition, the public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.
To find your nearest beach browse the list HERE
The BBC will be televising the Remembrance parade at The Cenotaph. This and other BBC related items can be visited HERE
The Royal British Legion has been running a mass movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War. The charity is calling on mass involvement from the public to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Forces War Records is honoured to join with The Royal British Legion to say Thank You in the Centenary year. You can get involved by posting an image of your WWI ancestor’s, including a short dedication on the Forces War Records ‘Dedication Wall’.
Unlike other Dedication Walls, posts can be shared via social sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, directly from their submission and please use the hashtag #ThankYou100
So, if you've not yet used the Forces War Records Dedication Wall to post a lasting memory of your loved ones, what better day could there be than today.
Join the 1000's of people who've already posted their lasting dedication, here's all you need to do:
- Upload a photograph (image of your ancestor, or suitable image of Remembrance)
- Write a short dedication
- Share via social pages and use the hashtag #ThankYou100
- Search the site for relevant records
These commemorations should remind us that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all servicemen and women who have served and, in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice for us. We should remember this debt and support them in every possible way and not just on specific days of the year, on specific years, but always. The conflicts may become history lessons but the real people involved certainly aren’t, and we must make sure that continues.
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