Thought for the Week

Remembrance

Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage and our poppy is the symbol of Remembrance and hope.

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 13 November 2016, is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. 

The Two Minute Silence, held each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marks the end of the First World War. 

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.