Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage. It becomes a particular feature of the public calendar each year when public, private, formal and informal Remembrance events take place throughout the UK.
Remembrance Sunday which falls on 13 November 2016, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
The National Service of Remembrance, held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, ensures that no-one is forgotten as the nation unites to honour all who have suffered or died in war.
HM The Queen will pay tribute alongside Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London and other ministers. Representatives of the Armed Forces, Fishing Fleets and Merchant Air and Navy will be there, as well as faith communities and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries.
Great Britain still believes strongly in remembering those who fought not only in World Wars, but the more than 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945.
The Royal British Legion supports silences observed during both Remembrance Sunday services and on 11 November, Armistice Day, itself. The act of Remembrance rightly has a place in – and impact on – our lives, no matter which day of the week it might fall upon.
When 11 November falls on a weekday, the Legion hosts ‘Silence in the Square’. The event, held in Trafalgar Square, London, sees members of the public placing poppy petals into the capital’s famous fountains after observing the silence.
Legion Branches around the country participate in local Remembrance services both on Remembrance Sunday and on 11 November.