REMEMBRANCE Sunday is taking place this weekend on November 11. But what time will the services be taking place and how can you get involved? Here's everything you need to know about the Armistice Centenary. When is the Cenotaph service? The Cenotaph service will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. It will begin straight after the two-minute silence is held at 11am and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts. It will conclude at 11.25am. This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the Armistice Centenary, 100 years after the First World War ended, so huge crowds are expected. Wreaths may be laid at the Cenotaph on Sunday by members of the public. What time is the Remembrance Day parade? After the Cenotaph service at Whitehall, the Royal British Legion detachments will disperse past the Cenotaph. Then the Nation's Thank You procession will commence at 12.30pm. This will conclude at 1.30pm … [Read more...] about What time is the Remembrance Day parade and when is the Cenotaph service?
Why poppies for memorial day
DURING November, millions of people throughout Britain wear poppies as a mark of respect to those who died in the First World War and the conflicts that followed. Much of the meaning behind the poppy is known – but is there a correct way to wear the poppy? And how much money should you donate to the appeal? How should you wear a poppy? The poppy has become a powerful visual symbol of the commemorations around Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and there are various theories about the "right" way to wear a poppy. Many people say it should be worn on the left lapel, to keep it close to your heart – it also marks the symbol’s military origins, as this is the side medals are worn by the Armed forces. Another school of thought is that the poppy should be worn on the left by men and the right by women, as is traditional for a badge or brooch. The positioning of the flower’s leaf has also been debated. One theory dictates that it … [Read more...] about Which side should you wear your poppy on, how much should you donate and do England and Scotland have different traditions?
AS we approach Remembrance Day 2018, the country is preparing to remember those who gave their lives in war. Here's a selection of poems and quotes perfect for the 100-year anniversary of the First World War. Poems The Soldier - Rupert Brooke If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England’s, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven. In Flanders Fields - John McRae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our … [Read more...] about Remembrance Day 2018 – what are the best poems and quotes for Armistice Day?
ON NOVEMBER 11 at 11am, people across the UK will fall silent to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country. Armistice Day falls on November 11 every year, to commemorate the end of the First World War in 1918. Here is the history behind the day. Why the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month? On the eleventh day of the eleventh month - November- at 11am marks the time World War I officially came to an end in 1918. Just after 5am on November 11, 1918, Germany and the Allies signed an armistice - a formal agreement to stop fighting. The armistice, sometimes known as the Armistice of Compiègne after the location it was signed (around 60 miles north east of Paris), marked victory for the Allies. Although fighting stopped just a few hours after the armistice was signed, it took months of negotiations to register the peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles. Why do we say 'lest we forget'? The phrase 'lest we forget' is thought to come from the poem … [Read more...] about Armistice Day 2018 – where do ‘at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month’ and ‘lest we forget’ come from?
MEGHAN and Harry posed for a rare selfie with two young girls thanks to their mum's "blunt" request. Sophie Hubbard and Hope Watson, both 10, had queued for nine hours to see the Royal Couple with their own eyes at the National War Memorial in Wellington. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had just been welcomed with traditional haka performances and a 21-gun salute at the Government House. As they walked through the crowd, mum Jan Richardson "got blunt" and asked Harry for a picture. Recalling the thrilling moment, she later said: "I just asked 'can I get a photo, can I get a photo?' and Harry said 'Yeah, sure!' "Meghan started to talk to them and I thought I'm just going to ask. We've been here since eight o'clock. There was a contemplation about staying overnight for the fun of it." The mum and dad-to-be arrived in the country from Sydney for the final stretch of their marathon 16-day tour which has also seen them visit Fiji and Tonga. The couple were given gifts including a … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose for rare selfie in New Zealand with 10-year-old girls thanks to cheeky mum’s ‘blunt’ request