Sunday, 11th November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that brought an end to hostilities in the First World War.
We probably all have a family connection to the Great War and for our elderly clients that connection could well be even closer. We encourage our carer’s to make every effort to enable their clients to participate in local events should they wish to.
A song written & performed by the husband of one of the Christies Care bookings team.
Below are some of the events happening nationally throughout the day. To discover Armistice Day events near you listen in to your BBC local radio or visit the Armistice 2018: A Nation’s Thank You website and enter your post code.
As the custodians of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to unite in commemorating Remembrance Sunday at the 2018 Cenotaph Service and Parade in Whitehall on 11 November.
The service will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
08:00 – Whitehall opens to the public
The public are advised to arrive early to secure a good view, as space is limited. Please allow time to clear the police security procedures and you are advised not to bring suitcases or large bags.
11:00 – Two minutes silence
marked by the firing of guns from King’s Troop on Horse Guards Parade. Cenotaph Service commences.
11:25 – Cenotaph Service
concludes and Royal British Legion detachments disperse past the Cenotaph.
12:30 – The Nation’s Thank You procession commences
13:30 – The Nation’s Thank You procession ends
A Nation’s Tribute
A nationwide Day of Commemorative Events marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.
06:00 – Battle’s O’er
1000 individual Pipers across the United Kingdom and countries around the world commence the day’s commemorations with the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle – Battle’s O’er.
18:55 – The Last Post
1000 individual Buglers sound this historic tribute at WW1 Beacons of Light locations across the Nation and UK Overseas Territories.
19:00 – WW1 Beacons of Light
Over 1000 Beacons of Light symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.
19:05 – Ringing Out for Peace
1000 cathedrals and churches will ring out their bells across the nation, and beyond, in celebration of Peace.
19:05 – A Cry for Peace around the World
100 Town Criers throughout the United Kingdom and other countries around the World join together in an International Cry for Peace around the World
In addition to an expanded National Service of Remembrance at London’s Cenotaph and smaller services around the country, Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute is a nationwide Day of Commemorative Events marking this Centenary and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived. It has been devised and planned by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek, who has organised major royal celebrations and international events for more than 36 years and has been working on Battle’s Over for more than four years.
“It’s wonderful to see the event being embraced by so many organisations and communities in this country and around the world. The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made by the millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home in our fields and factories. It has been a privilege to work on this project with the support of so many amazing organisations,” said Mr Peek.
Battle’s Over – Guide to taking part
Since the start of the First World War centenary in 2014, 14-18 NOW has commissioned over 325 artworks, which have been seen by more than 30 million people.
Pages of the Sea, will see communities around the UK and Ireland gather on beaches to say thank you and goodbye to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.
On selected beaches around the UK, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, be washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye. Find your nearest beach.
“This will be a unique moment to say goodbye and thank you, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return. Join us at one of the beaches around the UK and Ireland or take part online.”
— Danny Boyle