This year, the Royal British Legion has asked us all to consider the sacrifices made by the armed forces community, both past and present. We will always honour the fallen who helped create the world as it is today, and as we mentioned last year, we also recognise Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday in support of the new generation of veterans and service personnel who help to keep our country safe today.
This year, the 10th, 11th and 12th November are all key dates for us to reflect upon. Friday 10thmarked 100 years since the end of the Battle of Passchendaele, Saturday 11th was Armistice Day, which marked 99 years since the formal agreement between the allies and Germany, and today, Sunday 12th November 2017, is Remembrance Sunday.
Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, visited London yesterday and paid her respects at the Cenotaph. “I couldn’t be in London on the 11th and not pay my respects.” Explains Bridget. “This weekend has been very emotional for me, especially watching the veterans telling their stories this morning. I’m so very grateful for all every generation of veterans have done for us to allow us the freedom we enjoy today.”
You might like to visit the Royal British Legion’s website to find out what the poppy means to some members of the armed forces community. For us and many others, the poppy now acts as a symbol of hope, as well as one of remembrance. This weekend we have been wearing our poppies with pride and ongoing faith and belief in those who keep our country safe from harm.
The Royal British Legion also have a lovely video of the In Flanders Field poem on their site, which we’re sure you’ll all appreciate.
Please join us as we #RethinkRemembrance today and always. Lest we forget. x