November 11th 2018 marks the WW1 centenary – 100 years since the end of World War 1. This Remembrance Day, we’ve put together some ways to mark the occasion. We’re also pleased to present our centenary infographic showcasing interesting facts about the World War 1 era and commemoration.
Find out how many poppies are made each year and which year poppies were first used to raise money, as well as ways to mark the historical event below:
Traditionally, a two minute silence is held on 11th November. Whether you’re spending Remembrance Day alone or with others, take some time to reflect in silence.
Attend a service
Plenty of cities and towns will host a service to mark the occasion. Find out about local events in your area online or in your town centre.
Wear a poppy
It’s one of the most obvious ways to remember – if you are unable to leave the house easily, buying a poppy to wear shows your respect prior to and on November 11th. Many sellers frequent town centres and supermarkets in the lead up to Remembrance Day. Money raised from poppies goes to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Visit a historic location
There are a number of places around the country steeped in Remembrance Day History. Visit the Tower of London or The National Memorial Arboretum.
Share family stories
One of the fondest memories many of us have are the telling of stories passed down through the generations. Recounting tales from years gone by can be a way of commemorating. It can also be comforting for those with memory loss.
Wreath making is a way of commemorating and getting creative. You could also consider raising money or making a donation to the Poppy Appeal through your activity.
Talking about and teaching significant historical moments can be another way to commemorate. If you have younger children in your family, find out what they have been taught at school.
Listen to songs from the era
There are plenty of famous songs from the WW1 era. Pack Up Your Troubles is a classic from the time, as is The Last Post.
Drawing pictures can help to bring memories and stories to life. Colouring in can help to reduce stress too. This is a good activity to do if you’ll be commemorating with grandchildren.
Look up interesting facts
Why not make it your mission each Remembrance Day to learn something new about this time in history? Whether it’s the words to a song or discovering pieces of memorabilia, you can use books or the internet to discover things you never knew.
Write down memories
Writing thoughts, stories or gratitude down can also be a nice gesture. It needn’t be for anyone but yourself if you’re not confident in your writing abilities.
Find out more about Remembrance Day 2018 events