Are you attending a Remembrance Service? How will you commemorate the courageous members of our armed forces who have faced danger and died in the line of duty?
During the First World War, 1914 – 1918, Flanders in Belgium, saw some of the greatest loss of life on the Western Front, and in particular from the three intense battles of Ypres, fought between the Germans and the Allies. The poppies that sprang up from the battlefield afterwards, have become a symbol for Remembrance and lives lost in war, and were immortalised in the poem “In Flanders Fields”, written by John McCrae
On Sunday 10 November at 11am the nation will fall still for two minutes to honour the fallen, before wreaths are laid and church services are held to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
Here are a few Remembrance Day events happening in the UK.
- Whitehall, London - On Sunday 10 November 2019, the National Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. Whitehall will open to the public at 8am and with thousands expecting to be present, it's advised people arrive early to secure a good viewing location. Starting at 11am, with a single gun salute at Horse Guards Parade, the service will commence after and see members of the royal family, military personnel and dignitaries lay wreaths. Each year, up to 10,000 military men and women, veterans and members of the public marching past the Cenotaph to pay respects. The service will honour the sacrifice and service of our Armed Forces community, the British and Commonwealth veterans, the Allies that fought alongside us and the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
- Westminster Abbey, London - A Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving on Remembrance Sunday will be held at Westminster Abbey at 10:30am on Sunday 10th November. The service will include a two-minute silence at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. A limited number of tickets are available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
- Bath - Join the Downside School CCF and Pipe Band as they lead the 2019 Remembrance Parade on Sunday 10th November through Bath, Somerset.
- Belfast - Belfast Cathedral will hold its annual service for Remembrance Sunday. All are welcome at the service, a Choral Eucharist commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Armistice, and all those who died during the First World War.
- Birmingham - The city’s annual observance of Remembrance will this year be held on Colmore Row near Cathedral Square on Sunday 10 November 2019. The Parade will include detachments from ex-Service, Regular, Reserve, Cadet units and representatives of other local uniformed organisations marching on from Temple Row at 10:30am.
- Bournemouth - On Sunday, November 10 a parade of ex-service associations, pre-service and youth organisations will be marching through the town centre and the Central Gardens to the Bournemouth War Memorial. A field gun will mark the beginning and end of the two minutes' silence. After the service, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony
- Edinburgh - Members of the public are invited to join the Lord Provost, representatives from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the Armed Forces and Veterans community to remember our fallen at 11:00am on Sunday 10 November 2019 at the Stone of Remembrance, City Chambers, Edinburgh
- Glasgow - A two-minute silence will be observed at 11 am at the cenotaph in George Square, Glasgow, on Sunday 10 November to mark Remembrance Sunday.
- Liverpool - Liverpool’s Lord Mayor will lead the annual service of Remembrance on Sunday 10 November at the Cenotaph on St George’s Hall Plateau.
- Manchester - Following the civic unveiling of the Somme Memorial in 2018, Feelgood Theatre’s Annual Remembrance Event will take place at the Memorial, November 10 at 11:00am. There will be Reveille readings, poetry and music honouring all men and women of peace and commemorating those who have given their lives in conflict.
- National Memorial Arboretum (Alrewas, Staffordshire) – An outdoor Remembrance Sunday Service will be held on Sunday 10 November at the base of the Armed Forces Memorial. This event is not ticketed, though we encourage you to arrive early as high volumes of people are expected to attend. The grounds will be open to the general public throughout the day from 8am until dusk.
- Salisbury - Armistice Day is on Sunday 10 November from 10am.All are welcome to gather on the Guildhall Square in front of the War Memorial to pay their respects. Remembrance Sunday will be observed in Salisbury Market Place and Guildhall Square.
- Southampton - The Service starts at 10.55am, Sunday 10 November. The service will be preceded by a Military and Veterans parade from Guildhall Square to the Cenotaph and the Mayoral Civic Procession.
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On TV, BBC One will air Remembrance programming including the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2019 and The Cenotaph. BBC One will also broadcast a special one-off documentary, Gary Lineker: My Grandad’s War, where the presenter retraces the steps of his late grandfather Stanley Abbs during World War Two.
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