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Time to say Thank You

100 years ago the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war. We believe it is time to think about all of those who lived through this tragic and remarkable time - and who put Britain on the path to becoming what it is today. It’s time to say Thank You for all they did for us.

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The Arts

Arts and culture were impacted by the experiences of a generation of poets, artists and composers. We still enjoy the works of Wilfred Owen, J R R Tolkien, and many more today.

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Children

More than 340,000 children lost a parent and countless more lost brothers and uncles in WW1. Despite this trauma, children played a vital role in the war effort.

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Pioneers

Pioneers in WW1 were driven to innovate and find new solutions. In medicine, Doctors and nurses vastly increased our understanding and use of new technology such as x-rays. And if you’ve ever used a teabag or worn a wristwatch you can thank the necessity during the war for making them commonplace.

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Women

Women played a huge role in WW1 and this helped to change the role of women in Britain. Their vital role in supporting the war effort meant that many more women worked in jobs outside the home.

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The Commonwealth

The British Empire answered the call with volunteers from far and wide including pre-partition India, the Caribbean and Africa, all of whom make up a vibrant part of our culture today.

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The Armed Forces

At the end of WW1 four million soldiers returned home to find a shortage of housing and jobs, and a struggling economy. Despite this they brought the same resolve to peace that they had shown in war, helping to rebuild Britain.

Thank You

100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

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    How to get involved

    Everyone is touched in some way by the First World War and the generation who lived through it. You can say Thank You through your family, community, place of work – or simply as an individual. Explore the First World War heritage where you live and find reasons for giving thanks.

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    100 years ago the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war. We believe it is time to think about all of those who lived through this tragic and remarkable time - and who put Britain on the path to becoming what it is today. It’s time to say Thank You for all they did for us.

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