Remembrance Day events
This year’s Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, on 11 November is more poignant than ever, as it falls in the centenary year of the outbreak of First World War. To help commemorate those who gave their lives to fight in the war, why not get involved with one of the following events…
Fields of Battle Lands of Peace exhibition
The exhibition in St James’s Park, London, features contemporary landscapes of former battlefields. The free exhibition, which has been open to the public from 4 August, will be on display until 11 November. Visit fieldsofbattle1418.org for details.
Visit a Field of Remembrance
The British Legion have several Fields of Remembrance across the UK, which will be open to the public in the lead up to Remembrance Day. Visit the north of England Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, 14 November; the Belfast Field of Remembrance at Belfast City Hall between 7am-7pm until 17 November; the Cardiff Field of Remembrance at Cardiff Castle from 9am-4pm until 15 November; or the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey from 9am-4pm until 16 November. Visit www.britishlegion.org.uk for more information.
Join in the annual fun run at Lydiard Park, Swindon, at 11am on 8 November to remember a loved one or show your respect for all those who fought in the World Wars, as well as raising money to support The Royal British Legion’s work. Choose from 1.1km, 5km or 11km courses. Head to www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/run2remember to register.
Silence in the Square, London
The Royal British Legion will host a ‘Silence in the Square’ event in Trafalgar Square, London, on 11 November, from 9.30am. Following the two-minute silence at 11am, visitors can scatter poppy petals in the fountains as a symbol of remembrance. The event, which is hosted by Ben Shepherd, will also include musical performances and readings. www.britishlegion.org.uk
National Memorial Arboretum Remembrance Sunday Service
On 9 November, a service will be held for Remembrance Sunday at the National Memorial Arboretum, the UK’s year-round Centre of Remembrance, in Staffordshire. The service, which is free to attend, will start at 10.15am and will include a musical welcome from the West Midlands Police Brass Band, with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Warwickshire Band, and a parade. thenma.org.uk