Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Remembrance Sunday

The National Ceremony of Remembrance will take place this Sunday, centred on the Cenotaph service and parade in Whitehall on Sunday. At 11.00 the two minute silence will be observed following which over 7000 veterans will to take part in the March Past.

The parade will be broadcast on BBC One and on Radio 4 from 10.30.

The Royal British Legion is a charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. The Legion was founded in 1921 as a voice for the ex-Service community and with over 380,000 members it continues to safeguard their welfare, interests and memory. The Legion is best-known for the Poppy Appeal, which in 2009 is emphasising the need to help the Afghan generation of the Armed Forces and their families – today and for the rest of their lives.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.

Over one million casualties are now commemorated at military and civil sites in some 150 countries. The Commission has constructed war cemeteries and plots, erecting headstones over graves and, in instances where the remains are missing, inscribing the names of the dead on permanent memorials. The largest of the memorials to the missing, is the Thiepval Memorial in France, carrying the names of over 72,000 casualties from the Battle of the Somme.

The Commission maintains an excellent electronic version of the records, which can be accessed by anyone interested in tracing family via the "Debt of Honour Register".

This comprehensive site is the Commission's database listing the 1.7 million who died and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action.

The bodies of eight British servicemen killed in Afghanistan were repatriated on 14th July 2009

Young people study the graves at the Thiepval Memorial, northern France

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