With Remembrance Day fast approaching, Hilary Meredith Solicitors is proud to support the Royal British Legion as sponsors of this year’s Poppy Ball in London. The Ball takes place on 2 November, which is also London Poppy Day.
Remembrance Day poppies are also going on sale across Britain this week and staff from Hilary Meredith Solicitors are selling poppies in Wilmslow town centre.
The poppy is an important tribute to the millions of soldiers who lost their lives during World War I and II as well as those affected by war to this day.
Here are some key facts:
When do you start wearing a poppy?
Poppies will officially go on sale this year on October 26, 2017 by the Royal British Legion. They are already available in many shops but a lot of people won’t start wearing their poppies until October 31. That’s due to many believing that to honour those affected by war, a poppy should be worn from 11 days before Remembrance Day.
When does Britain fall silent?
Every year, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the whole of Britain falls silent for two minutes. When this day falls during the week, the Royal British Legion hold a Silence in the Square event at Trafalgar Square where members of the public can place a poppy in the fountain to mark their respect. Armistice Day is always held on November 11 because that’s the day the First World War ended. Remembrance Sunday meanwhile is always held on a weekend so everyone has a chance to pay their respects. Every Remembrance Sunday, a National Service for Remembrance is held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, where the Queen, the Prime Minister and members of parliament pay their respects. There is also a March Past of war veterans each year. This year, Remembrance Sunday will be held on November 12.
Why do we wear poppies?
Poppies are said to be the first flower to emerge from the freshly-dug graves of dead soldiers on Flanders Fields. Canadian Doctor John McCrae was the first person to notice and he went on to write the poem In Flanders Fields – recalling the scene. The poem was published in 1915 on December 8th in Punch magazine and inspired the use of silk poppies as a sign of remembrance. The newly-formed Royal British Legion bought 9 million silk poppies in 1921 and sold them to raise today’s equivalent of £30 million towards veterans and their families. The poppies have now come to symbolise remembrance and hope.
What we must remember
More than 17 million died during the First World war and 60 million were killed during World War II. Remembrance Day is about paying tribute not only to those who died but also to their families, those who were injured and those who survived. Specifically, Remembrance Day honours those who fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, those who took part in the Dambusters operation in 1943, VE Day in 1945, D Day in 1944, the Battle of Britain in 1940, and VJ Day in 1945.
Events being held for Remembrance Day
There are more than 100,000 war memorials around Britain, which include cenotaphs, plaques and gardens, and many towns, villages and cities will be holding their own remembrance and wreath laying services at these. Contact your local council or British legion office for more information. If you hope to hold your own service, information can be used from the Royal British Legion’s website. This includes a Service of Remembrance, the Exhortation and information about ordering wreaths. Trips to visit battlefield, war cemeteries and memorials are also available via the Royal British Legion through its Remembrance Travel scheme.