Remembrance 2021 - Guidance for commemorations at the Cenotaph in London

Remembrance Sunday falls in November every year, giving the nation a chance to honour Britain and the Commonwealth’s war dead.

As well as wearing red poppies, it is traditionally marked by memorial ceremonies, wreath-laying and periods of silent reflection around the UK, although last year’s events were disrupted by Covid-19.

With lockdown restrictions lifted, things should be back to normal for Remembrance in 2021 – here’s everything you need to know regarding the commemorations at the Cenotaph, Whitehall.

Find out how you can join the commemorations at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London on Sunday 14 November.

On Sunday 14 November, the National Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London.

Starting at 11am, the service will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is the co­ordinator of the event, alongside colleagues from across government, the Armed Forces and veterans’ organisations.

No tickets or passes are needed for the event and the public are welcome to watch the ceremony from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street. However, entry may be limited if the area becomes full. There will be video screens north of the Cenotaph, near the green outside the main Ministry of Defence building and outside the Scotland Office and south of the Cenotaph on the corner of King Charles Street. If you are thinking of attending the commemorations in London, please note the schedule of the event below:

Attending and taking part

    08:00: Whitehall opens to the public. The public is advised that space is limited. Please allow time to clear the police security procedures and you are advised not to bring large bags.

    09:00: The Royal British Legion (TRBL) detachments form up on Horse Guards Parade and in Whitehall.

    From 10:30: All detachments form up on the Cenotaph.

    From 10:50: Participants process out onto the Cenotaph.

    11:00: National two minutes silence marked by the firing of guns from King’s Troop on Horse Guards Parade. Cenotaph Service commences.

    11:25: Cenotaph Service concludes and The Royal British Legion detachments disperse past the Cenotaph.

Security information

There is an extensive policing security operation in place on the day. Please allow plenty of time for clearance through police security checks.

Please do not bring large bags or cases as this will delay your entrance into the public viewing areas.

Please note that the unauthorised use of any drones (including quadcopters/helicopters) in this area and the roads surrounding Whitehall is strictly prohibited at all times.

Review this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes in current guidance that may affect this year’s Remembrance Service. All safety measures are under constant review and will always follow government guidance and requirements.

Festival of Remembrance

The Royal British Legion also holds an annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall to honour those who served for Britain and the Commonwealth.

This year’s event is taking place on Saturday 13th November 2021 with performances at 2pm and 7pm.

Forces War Records Dedication Wall.

Wall of Remembrance - Forces War Records

Online memorials are a wonderful option for friends and family who want to share a photo and honour their military ancestor. The Forces War Records Dedication Wall is a place to commemorate all of your relatives who served in the Armed Services. Whether they fought in World War One or other conflicts, you can pay tribute to all the heroes from your past, as well as finding long lost ancestors who served in the military.

Unlike other dedication walls, posts can be shared via social sites such as Facebook and Twitter, directly from their submission.

Here’s how it works:

• Upload a photograph (image of your ancestor, or suitable image of Remembrance)

• Write a short dedication

• Share via social pages

• Search the site for relevant records



Do you know enough about your Military ancestors?

Log on to Forces War Records and find out more

Source: GOV.UK

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