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What is Remembrance?

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

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

As champions of Remembrance, the Legion works to ensure that we all understand the importance of Remembrance and its history but we also want it to be understood not just a series of tradition, but 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.

Remembrance events: November 2019

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 it is open to the public to attend.

Services of Remembrance are also held in towns and villages across the country.

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