Inspiration

From big events with your community, to something on your own, find your inspiration and choose how you're going to say Thank You.

Ideas for you

  • Why not take a charity challenge to last a day, week or even a month on wartime rations?
  • Use a recipe from the Win the War cookbook issued during the war.
  • Research your family links to WW1 and tweet any photos of WW1 relations using #ThankYou100.
  • Dedicate your extra hour from daylight savings to say Thank You to the First World War generation, perhaps by planting something in your garden for remembrance.
  • Take up a hobby inspired by the First World War, and knit remembrance poppies.
  • Look at your watch, then take one minute to remember and say Thank You for all the innovations from the First World War era that we still use today (like the wrist-watch). 
  • Raise a toast to symbolise the French, who gave wine to soldiers passing through. 
  • Give blood at your local donation centre.
  • Visit Millicent Fawcett's statue in Parliament Square to say Thank You, or head further afield to a WW1 heritage site in France or Belgium. 
  • Why not write a poem of your own, inspired by the great First World War poets such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves.
  • Stick the kettle on, have a cup of tea and think about what you're thankful for from the First World War generation. 
  • End an argument as a symbol of Armistice Day.
  • Visit the war graves of your local fallen, or head to the tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey. 
  • Find a commemorative event near you and join in. 
  • Scatter poppy seeds in your garden. 
  • Observe a two minute silence to remember and reflect on the First World War generation. 
  • Learn to say Thank You in the different languages of the Commonwealth, like 'Terima Kasih' in Malay, for example.
  • Wear a Thank You pin, available from your Poppy shop. 
  • Think about a WW1 innovation you couldn't live without, such as teabags or tissues - share it on social media or try giving it up for a while.

Ideas for groups

  • Who's for elevenses? Host a tea and cake morning and use a First World War trench cake recipe.
  • Host a WW1 film night: there are dozens of films about the First World War, including classics such as Peter Weir's Gallipoli (1981), and Stephen Spielberg's War Horse (2011). 
  • Hold a jumble sale to symbolise the home front effort to get clothes to those in need on the front line. 
  • Hold a lunch with colleagues to celebrate the greater role of women in the workplace.
  • Get your local am dram group to produce a WW1 inspired production. 
  • Host a street party with plenty of sausages as they did on Armistice Day. 
  • Get creative and write Thank You somewhere unusual (in the sand, carved in wood, with objects at home) and share it on social media.
  • Host a charity football match dressed as footballers from the WW1 era.
  • Retrace the journey of the Unknown Warrior from Dover to Westminster.
  • Watch the Festival of Remembrance on 10th November 2018 on the BBC.
  • Send a family member or friend in the Armed Forces a parcel of treats to symbolise the morale-boosting chocolate sent to the front line.
  • Host a Commonwealth nations-inspired dinner party to celebrate their WW1 contribution. 
  • Give your local school or youth group the chance to say Thank You through poetry, music and art. To find out more about our creative competition for ages 9-16 visit rbl.org.uk/ThankYou-Comp
  • Host a First World War pub quiz as a fun way to inspire conversation and Remembrance. Questions could include 'In which year did women first exercise their right to vote in the UK?'
  • Why not put on a Thank You-themed concert of music written by First World War composers, or host a singalong?
  • Create a modern fashion show inspired by military uniform.
  • Preserve a playing field or green space in your community as a Centenary Field to mark the conflict a century ago - our charity partner, Fields in Trust, can help you. 
  • Host a Lord of the Rings movie marathon - watch the trilogy influenced by JRR Tolkien's experience of The Somme.
  • Get your book club to recommend books by their favourite WW1 authors, such as Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves or Undertones of War by Edmund Blunden. 
  • Organise a community sleep-out to symbolise the soldiers being away from home for so long, reading memoirs or letters from WW1. 
  • Arrange a Thank You vegetable competition with your local garden association, in recognition of the work on the home front to keep everyone fed during the war. 
  • Discover the WW1 sights in your area with a historic walk. 

Ideas for workplaces

  • Giving up snacks would be a good way to symbolise rationing - so why not give up snacks in your office? You could also hold a rations lunch to show your support.
  • Recreate a room in your building or workspace that replicates what the working environment would have been like back in 1918. 
  • Hospitals can get involved by saying Thank You for First World War medical advances. Why not create a display to interest patients and visitors? Or if your company was involved in the innovation of products due to WW1, why not tell the stories of these products too?
  • Present everybody's Thank You messages in a creative way. You could make Thank You bunting where each flag has a message written on it, or create an installation in a communal area for all to see.
  • Feeling brave? You could even arrange your own Thank You flash mob. 
  • Have a look through the archives and dig out any WW1 stories from your workplace - any personal stories will help create a connection with the current stuff. When you've collected everything, you can create an exhibit to display all over the building. 

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