Remembrance Day; The Women in War

The first Remembrance Day in 1919 was observed throughout the British Commonwealth and continues to be observed by the Commonwealth of Nations member’s states every year.

This day represents the First World War ending on Monday 11th November, 1918, at 11am — 100 years ago.

On Sunday at 11am the nation will be silent for 2 minutes to remember those soldiers who died in battle, not only in the First World War, but also the Second World War and other conflicts since, where lives have been given for us to have our freedom. These 2 minutes are barely enough time to think about what has happened in times of conflict and what could have happened if these wars had ended differently.

We think a lot about the men that lost their lives but let us also take this opportunity to think about the women in war. You may be interested to know these few facts:

There are 3 main ways we remember our servicemen and servicewoman who have lost their lives to secure our freedom:

The Royal British Legion reads the following exhortation before the start of the 2 minute silence.

The exhortation:

“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.”

Going about your normal business, you may have also noticed silhouette soldiers standing in parks, church yards, on buildings and more in your local area. These are out and about this year to mark the 100 year anniversary since the First World War ended.

So, however you decide to spend Remembrance Day, remember why and how you have your freedom today.

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