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Inspire Me

Do you want to be a part of our Thank You movement? Explore our fantastic ideas, watch our inspiration video, download our ideas booklet and join the country in saying Thank You to the WW1 generation.

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 me

Why not take a charity challenge to last a day, week or even a month on wartime rations?

Dedicate your extra hour from daylight savings to say Thank You to the First World War generation, perhaps by planting something in your garden in remembrance.

Give blood at your local donation centre.

Research your family links to WW1 and tweet any photos of WW1 relations using #ThankYou100

Visit the war graves of your local fallen, or head to the tomb of the Unknown Warrior a Westminster Abbey.

Scatter poppy seeds in your garden.

did you know
Did you know:

The Caribbean made a huge contribution to the war effort by providing £54million worth of aid, along with knitting hundreds of thousands of garments to keep troops warm.

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.

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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.

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.

End an argument as a symbol of Armistice day.

Stick the kettle on, have a cup of tea and think about what you're thankful for from the First World War generation.

ideas for groups

Who's for elevenses? Host a tea and cake morning and use a First World War trench cake recipe.

Hold a jumble sale to symbolise the home front effort to get clothes to those in need on the front line.

Discover the WW1 sights in your area with a historic walk.

Why not put on a Thank You-themed concert of music written by First World War composers, or host a singalong?

Host a Commonwealth nations-inspired dinner party to celebrate their WW1 contribution.

Host a street party with plenty of sausages as they did on Armistice Day.

did you know
Did you know:

The Canary Girls were among 950,000 female munitions workers whose skin was turned yellow by the toxic explosives they handled. Many did 12-hour days, six days a week. Hundreds were killed in huge TNT explosions in factories in Kent, East London and Nottingham.

Organise a community sleep-out to symbolise the soldiers being away from home for so long, reading memoirs or letters from WW1.

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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 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?"

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Host a charity football match dressed as footballers from the WW1 era.

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.

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).

ideas for your workplace

Host a charity football match dressed as footballers from the WW1 era.

To symbolise rationing – 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.

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 staff. When you've collected everything, you can create an exhibit to display all over the building.

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?

Contact us

If you would like to write to us, our postal address is:
Thank You Team, Remembrance Department
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA

Or email us at: thankyou@britishlegion.org.uk