Today we are asked to pray for all victims of war and conflict. Sadly due to current intensive operations, the names of many more young men & women are now being added to war memorials throughout the land. We give thought also to the many who are injured, and, due to the miracles of modern medicine are increasingly surviving after being horrifically injured. So, this Remembrance day, we remember these people as well as those from the two great wars.
“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.”
Fourth stanza of ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon (1869 – 1943)
Remembrance Sunday is held each year on the Sunday nearest to Armistice Day on 11 November to commemorate all those who have died for their country. At 11am, the moment when the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, people all over the world observe a two-minute silence to show their respect and remember the dead.
The poppy, which grew in the battlefields of France during World War I, has become a symbol of remembrance and today people wear paper poppies around Remembrance Sunday as a sign of respect. The money raised by the sale of these is used to support British servicemen and women. On the day itself, Services of Remembrance are held and poppy wreaths are laid at war memorials around the country – the Queen lays one at the Cenotaph, the central war memorial in Whitehall. Each year we express our support for The Royal British Legion’s charity work through the Poppy Appeal. The Poppy Appeal is emphasising the need to help the Afghan generation of the Armed Forces and their families – today and for the rest of their lives. For their sake, wear a poppy – and please help the fundraising drive by making a donation or volunteering your time.