Remembrance Day which falls on Saturday this year, marks the actual day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. Remembrance Sunday is also marked each year and this year the royal family will lay wreaths on the Cenotaph and the UK will have a moment of silence at 11am on that day as part of commemorations.
Why is Remembrance Day important?
- To remember the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from the UK and the Commonwealth.
- To pay tribute to the special contribution of families and of the emergency services.
- To acknowledge innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.
The theme of Remembrance Day 2023
Remembrance Day 2023 is about remembering and honouring service. Physical, mental or emotional injury or trauma; the absence of time with loved ones; or the pressures that come from serving, highlight why the Remembrance of service is so important.
The Armed Forces continue to play a vital role in Britain today, at home and overseas. From peacekeeping and disaster relief, to helping in the fight against COVID-19, it is important to remember the contribution of those serving in the Armed Forces.
Why wear a poppy on Remembrance Day?
The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War. Poppies were a common sight, especially on the western front which is where the poppy became a popular symbol of remembrance.
How can I be part of remembrance Sunday?
- There are lots of local parades all around the country that you can attend.
- Support the Poppy Appeal and wear a poppy.
- Take part in the two minutes silence at 11am.
This weekend gives you the opportunity to recognise the personal sacrifices made by men and women, past and present and be part of the commemorations so wear your poppy with pride!