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About Remembrance

Remembrance is a time to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces and their families, across all conflicts.

The contribution of civilian services in support, such as the Merchant Navy and the uniformed services which contribute to national peace and security are also honoured under the umbrella of Remembrance.

The Poppy

Acknowledgement of this service and sacrifice is represented by the red poppy – a symbol of Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future.

The Legion believes the red poppy as a symbol relates to the Armed Forces community specifically, but not exclusively, and acknowledges the wider impact of conflict. 

Wearing a poppy is still a very personal choice, reflecting individual experiences and personal memories. It is never compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those who it is intended to support.

The Act of Remembrance

As champions of Remembrance, the Legion works to ensure that the importance of Remembrance and its history is understood by all but we also want it ensure it is not just seen as a series of traditions. Remembrance is an idea with important, ongoing relevance today.

There are no restrictions on when you remember, but the main focus of Remembrance in the United Kingdom is in November when Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are both marked by acts of Remembrance in cities, towns and villages across the country.

We also encourage local and regional communities to produce Remembrance commemorations of their own.

Armistice Day

The Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War, began at 11am on 11 November 1918.

“Armistice” is Latin for “to stand (still) arms”. To this day we mark Armistice Day around the United Kingdom with a Two Minute Silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.

The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London is held on Remembrance Sunday, the closest Sunday to 11th November. The service is attended by senior members of the Royal Family, including Her Majesty the Queen, HM Government and features a March Past involving 10,000 veterans.

The event is open to the public and tickets are not required.


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