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Nearly 10,000 veterans
gathered at the Cenotaph on Whitehall yesterday, Sunday 11 November
2012, to take part in the Remembrance Sunday March
Past, organised by The Royal British Legion, the National
Custodian of Remembrance.
There were nine were organisations taking part
for the first time in 2012 - the Fleet Air Arm
Junglie Association; Association of Royal Yachtsmen; Broadsword
Association; British Veterans Group; Mercian Regiment Association;
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards; 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
Association; Royal Air Force Butterworth & Penang Association
and the Munitions Workers Association.
The March Past was led by the Legion's Board of Trustees and the
National Chairman, John Farmer. The lead 'column' this year
was headed by the Royal Naval Association.
John Farmer said: "I am always honoured, as National Chairman of
The Royal British Legion, to lead the thousands of heroic veterans
who line Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday.
"Remembrance Sunday is the most important day in the Legion's
calendar and it's a time to reflect upon the sacrifices made by our
Armed Forces since the First World War right through to
today. Our thoughts are, of course, with those men and women
who are currently in Afghanistan, as well as the many men and women
who have laid down their lives for the nation's freedom."
The National President of The Royal British Legion, Vice Admiral
Peter Wilkinson CB CVO who laid a wreath at the Cenotaph said:
"This is an opportunity to remember and honour the sacrifice of
those who fought and continue to fight in Service of our nation;
those who do return as well as those that do not, the families and
the communities that continue to carry the burden of conflict."
On Saturday night, the
Legion's Annual Festival of Remembrance took place
at the Royal Albert Hall, with Her Majesty The Queen and
other members of the Royal Family in attendance. The Festival,
hosted by BBC News presenter Huw Edwards, pays tribute to
all victims of war and conflict. This year, there
were performances by Rod Stewart who sang Auld Lang Syne, and
X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke and Russell Watson who performed a
The Overtones, Amore, Laura Wright, Jon Joe Kerr and the
Military Wives Choir also performed, along with the Massed Bands of
the Household, Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, The Queen's
Colour Squadron and the RAF Squadronaires. (It
is available to view on BBC iPlayer until 17 November.)
There were special acknowledgements of Pensioners from the
Royal Hospital Chelsea and representative war widows and bereaved
As is traditional, the Festival included the traditional Two
Minute Silence as poppy petals fell from the roof of the Royal
Albert Hall, each representing a life lost in war.
The Legion made us of new social media technology to remind
people of the Two Minutes Silence on Remembrance
Day. Read the full report of how 10 million people
were reached by Legion's social media
At at the UK's year round Centre of Remembrance, the
National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
(part of The Royal British Legion family of charities),
the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attend Service of
Remembrance at the Armed Forces Memorial.
On Saturday night there was a unique 11
o'clock laser display on the London Eye. And
across the country, local acts of Remembrance took place as we
remembered those lost in past and current conflicts.
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