What is Remembrance Sunday?
Remembrance Sunday is a day where we remember as the anniversary of when World War I ended in 1918. The main purpose is to acknowledge the millions of soldiers who fell in the line of duty, as well as all those families that were impacted by the war too.
What is the history behind Remembrance Sunday?
World War I formally ended at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month (this is Remembrance Day), however the day is formerly celebrated on Remembrance Sunday, which is the Sunday closest to the 11th of November each year.
Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day), officially marked the end of World War I, as this was an official agreement to end the war, forcing German’s to leave the countries they had invaded, in order to allow peace negotiations to take place.
The word ‘Armistice’ derives from the Latin language, whereby ‘Arma’ means ‘arms’ (weapons), and ‘stitium’ meaning to stop something. Combined, this word is translated as ‘to stand arms’.
Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday have both been celebrated widely around the world since 1919. Each year, there are thousands of indoor and outdoor celebrations on Remembrance Sunday, but by far the biggest is the one at the Cenotaph in London. This celebration is attended by around 10,000 veterans, who carry out a march past the memorial in Whitehall, London. Members of the Royal Family, including Her Majesty The Queen, also attend as well as members of the government and International Leaders.
Each year, there is a two- minute silence both on Remembrance Sunday and on Remembrance Day, to reflect and pay respect to those who fought for their country during
the war. At 11am on Remembrance Sunday, Big Ben (in London) strikes. The Horse Guards Parade fire a canon to commemorate the two- minute silence. As well as this, Her Majesty The Queen, other members of the Royal Family and the British Prime Minister all lay wreaths on the Cenotaph to show their respects. After this point, the British national anthem ‘God Save our Queen’ is sang in many of the streets in London.
‘Remembrance unites people of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds but is also deeply personal’
Coventry War Memorial Park
Across the UK, there are several parks which have commemorative plaques which are dedicated to those who fought in both World War I and II, including one park in Coventry; War Memorial Park. As well as the plaques, there is hundreds of trees dedicated to those who fought as well as a Memorial Tower situated in the middle of the park, whereby each year on Remembrance Sunday, this tower is open to the general public to see inside books that list all the Coventry servicemen and women who died in both World Wars, as well as the Gulf War more recently.
I definitely recommend going to have a visit to the park to see the incredible history of those who fought! It is around a 30- minute walk from Coventry University Campus. Below you can see a map of this.
(TOP TIP: You can catch the U12 or X17 bus from Pool Meadow station to the park!)
What is the Poppy?
The poppy is known as a symbol to remember those who fought in World War I and marks a hope for a more peaceful future. The reason poppies are used is because these are the flowers that grew on the battlefields (the land where the war was) after the war had ended.
7th November 2020
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