Remembrance Day 2023
This weekend marked Remembrance Day 2023. Every year, on 11th November, at 11.00am, we hold a two minute silence in order to remember all those who have died in conflicts around the world. We pay our respects to those that have given their life in the defence of others. As well as remembering all of the families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
Whatever some may think of UK foreign policy, and the rights or wrongs of the conflicts in which the members of our country’s Armed Forces find themselves, we honour those who have given their lives as a result of Service to their country. Whether it was in the World Wars, or the many since.
The Royal British Legion
Each year the country supports The Royal British Legion’s work through the Poppy Appeal. The poppy is an instantly recognisable symbol of respect for those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts past and present. As the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, the Legion is committed to helping everyone understand the importance of Remembrance. This commitment ensures those sacrifices are never forgotten.
Fields of Remembrance
On 9 November 2023, the 95th Field of Remembrance in Westminster saw almost 40,000 tributes laid out in order for people to pay their respect. This was accompanied with a service held by The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE. Further Fields of Remembrance were also laid across towns and cities in the UK as a mark of respect.
With this in mind, we choose to remember with a poem from the Times newspaper, written in September 1914:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”