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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.

How

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.

We invite you to explore the First World War heritage where you live, to find reasons for giving thanks.

Children aged 9-16 can enter our national creative competition to say Thank You.

Ensure the First World War generation's sacrifices are never forgotten through Every One Remembered.

Join our Facebook group to share your story and see how others are taking part. 

When

You can say Thank You at any time during 2018. If you are planning something for next week or next month, that’s okay.

We will be focusing the movement on the Last 100 Days of the WW1 Centenary from 8 August-11 November. That’s when we expect most activity to take place.

If you want to organise something on a particular date, we’d suggest the weekend of 27-28 October. The weekend marks the end of British Summertime, also known as Daylight Saving, which was itself an innovation of the First World War.

Who we want to thank



The Commonwealth answered the call.

British Forces included Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims whose descendants contribute to life in the UK today.

We invite them to join in saying Thank You to their ancestors who served so honourably.

 

 
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Women
played a huge role in the First World War; and this, in turn, helped to change the role of women in Britain.

In 1918 women were finally given the vote for the first time.




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Pioneers
in WW1 were driven to innovate and find new solutions. 

Doctors and nurses vastly increased our understanding and use of x-rays, blood transfusions, and reconstructive surgery.

And if you’ve ever used a teabag, worn a wristwatch or donned a trench coat, you can thank the necessity during the war for making them commonplace items.



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Arts and Culture
were impacted by the experiences of a generation poets, artists and composers.

We still enjoy the works of Wilfred Owen, Gustav Holst, Robert Graves, J R R Tolkien, Edward Elgar and many more today.

 
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Funding is Available

If you require funds for your Thank You events, you can apply for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund through its First World War: Then and Now programme. This provides grants of £3,000–£10,000 for community projects that explore, conserve or share the heritage of the First World War.