Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday 2010

click to go to the Royal British Legion homepageOn Thursday 11 November, a huge part of the population will fall silent for two minutes at 11am to commemorate the formal end of hostilities in World War One - at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Many people will halt their activities at 11am wherever they are - if you'll be in London, the Royal British Legion is hosting a Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square to which members of the public are invited.

On Saturday 13th, the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall will be televised on BBC1 starting at 9.10pm. Before this, BBC Radio 2 will broadcast highlights from the Festival from 8-9pm, immediately followed by Pete Waterman's Armistice Day Special.

click to go to the Poppy Appeal homepagePlease do remember to wear your poppy this week. There are various collecting boxes and poppies around the village centre, Fulbourn Tesco and around Cambridge. Please see the Royal British Legion website for further information.

Remembrance Sunday is traditionally the Sunday after Remembrance Day, which this year is 14 November. There will be a joint Service of Remembrance at St Vigor's Church in Fulbourn at 10am, for anybody from Fulbourn, the Wilbrahams and Six Mile Bottom and beyond who wishes to remember our war dead as well as those who live with trauma through serving their country.

This will be followed by a procession round the corner to the War Memorial, where the solemn 2 minutes' silence will be observed, and Fulbourn and Teversham Branch Royal British Legion will lead members of the Armed Forces, uniformed associations and Fulbourn Parish Council in laying wreaths.

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  2. Thanks for the link, Linda - I was flabbergasted!

    If the Chinese knew the history of their guests they'd realise two things: firstly, that the Poppy was adopted as a symbol of the war by Georgia-born Moina Michael because they grow best on churned-up land, which is obviously why the battlefields were found to be full of the things long after the last Opium War ended.

    The second is that after the conclusion of the Opium Wars. long before the poppy was adopted, the Chinese proved extraordinarily adept at re-exporting their new vice to the UK and beyond.

    Thanks for passing by - sorry I haven't been over at your place for a while, will seek to remedy this soon!