Remembrance 2016: Where can you go to honour and remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars and all who have died in combat since?
Over a month ago
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent ending the Great War of 1914-18. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence at 11am every 11th November, to remember those who lost their lives during the First World War as well as in more recent conflicts. From 2014 to 2018, this day takes on added significance as it marks the centenary of the First World War.
Tributes will be paid to the fallen of conflicts past and present as Britain unites to mark Remembrance Sunday. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Church services and parades will be held across the region on Sunday, November 13th, with tens of thousands of people expected to gather at war memorials for remembrance services and wreath laying.
Forces Reunited has put together a short list of the major events where you can go to pay your respects to our nation’s war dead:
Belfast Field of Remembrance - Belfast City Hall - Monday 7th Nov 2016 - Saturday 19th Nov 2016, 7am to 7pm
Manchester Poppy Day – Manchester - Thursday 10th Nov 2016
Newcastle Poppy Day – Newcastle - Thursday 10th Nov 2016
Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance - Lydiard Park, Swindon - Thursday 10th Nov 2016 - Sunday 20th Nov 2016, 9am - 4pm
Silence in the Square - Trafalgar Square, London - Friday 11th Nov 2016, 10am to 11.15am
Armistice Day - Local services are held throughout the UK, please check local newspapers for details. Friday 11th Nov 2016
‘Armistice Day’ Ceremony of Remembrance – IWM London Atrium, Fri 11th Nov 11am
The County Remembrance Service - Cenotaph, Rickerby Park - Sunday 13th Nov, 2.30pm
Remembrance Sunday 2016 - The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London - Sunday 13th Nov 2016, Remembrance Sunday services are also held throughout the UK in local communities. Please check with local authorities for details and information.
Remembrance Sunday at IWM Duxford – IWM Duxford, Sun 13th Nov, All day.
Remembrance Sunday at Bovington – Tank Museum, Bovington, 13th Nov, 10am to 11.20am with Poppy drop from Tiger Moth Aircraft scheduled. (Weather Dependant)
‘Battle’s End’ The Last Day of the Somme - Thiepval Memorial, France - Friday 18th Nov 2016, to mark the centenary of the last day of the Battle of the Somme.
Live from Thiepval Memorial - Services of Remembrance - Thiepval Memorial, France - Friday 18th Nov 2016, 11:30am BST
Remembrance Sunday marks the high-point of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal - launched this year just months after the nation marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme during the First World War, which claimed 420,000 British and 200,000 French lives.
This year the public are being encouraged to honour the sacrifices made by soldiers and service personnel associated with modern-day conflicts as well as older generations who served in WWII.
For details and information of Remembrance services in your area please check and refer to your local Parish/Town Council, authorities and newspaper websites for any details. Also with a number of services and parades taking place over Remembrance they are likely to affect the highways and may involve road closures across the country.
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”
Don’t forget you can also post a lasting tribute on our sister site Forces War Record’s Dedication Wall. https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/dedication-wall