Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women.

Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage. It becomes a particular feature of the public calendar on or about Remembrance Sunday and 11 November, Armistice Day, each year. This is when public, private, formal and informal Remembrance events take place throughout the UK.

Millions of people each year stop what they are doing and observe a Two Minute Silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, commemorating the original Armistice of 1918 which signalled the 'stilling of arms' and led to the formal end to the First World War (eventually signed in 1919).

Today a service continues to be held on Remembrance Sunday around the cenotaph in the park. 

The sequence of laying wreaths at the local War Memorial is as follows:

It is assumed that the Lord Lieutenant or his representative is not present otherwise he would take precedence as the Sovereign’s representative.

  1. Civic VIPS (Mayor, Parish Council Chairman, Councillor)
  2. Representatives of regular forces.
  3. Representatives of territorial reserve forces.
  4. Representatives of ex-Service associations, including the Legion & Women’s Section.
  5. Representatives of uniformed public services (Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance services).
  6. Representatives of uniformed voluntary services (St John Ambulance, Red Cross, etc).
  7. Representatives of cadet forces.
  8. Representatives of youth organisations (Girl Guides, Scouts, Brownies etc).
  9. Members of the public.