Lest we forget: 100 years of Remembrance

Armistice Day

On the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, we mark Armistice Day (also referred to as Poppy Day) around the UK with a 2 minute silence. We remember those who lost their lives in service by holding commemorative events to honour their memory.

Armistice is a Latin term meaning to stand (still) to arms. The Armistice was the agreement which put an end to the fighting during the First World War while peace negotiations were discussed.

Remembrance Sunday

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday 14th November. The National Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph in London. Her Majesty The Queen will be in attendance alongside the Government, the Mayor of London and representatives of the Armed Forces. There will also be faith communities attending and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries.

Last year, the service was closed to the public due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the traditional march past the Cenotaph was cancelled. This year, the service is planned to continue as usual, with monitoring under government advice for mass gatherings being observed.

100 years of Remembrance

2021 marks the 100th anniversary for the Royal British Legion since the nation’s collective Remembrance traditions were first brought together. You can find out more about the legacy of the charity, the invaluable support they provide for serving and ex-serving personnel and their families and how you can get involved or make a donation here.

On Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, we will honour and remember those who died serving their country.