This weekend marks Remembrance Sunday. It is held on the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. There are many ceremonies taking place throughout the UK, but if you are in the capital city this Remembrance Sunday, here are some suggestions of events you can attend
This is where the main event takes place. It’s a commemoration of the war dead from both world wars, and all who have suffered and died during conflict in the service of their country. Wreathes are laid by the Queen, faith communities, politicians and former prime ministers, the Mayor of London, as well as branches of the Armed Forces and civilian service organisations. The public is welcome from 8am, with the advice to arrive as early as possible as to get the best view. The service begins at 9am and finishes at 11.25am. This is a free event.
The Tower of London
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies have filled the Tower’s famous moat. Expect this to also be busy as it’s the last weekend before the poppies are going to be removed.
Unfortunately all of the poppies on display have sold out, but you can still make a donation and dedication in honour of a loved one who may have previously served or is still serving in the military, or simply make a donation. All proceeds will go to their charity partners: Cobseo, Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and SSAFA.
The top advice is to get there early! London is busy at even its quietest times, and the ceremony at the Cenotaph will be exceptionally popular, so make sure you factor in busyness while making your way there. GetPaidTo have put together some handy maps and tube routes to complete your journey with as much ease as possible.
Traveling to the Cenotaph from the London Underground
Or if you’re coming from the tower of London, this is your easiest route!
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And finally, don’t forget to buy a poppy and donate to The Royal British Legion!