Remembrance Sunday

A Remembrance Service

When is Remembrance Sunday?
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11th November. 

Poppy wreath made by the Shell SeekersWhat does 'Remembrance Sunday' mean?
As its name implies, we call to mind all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today, 'lest we forget'.

Why do we celebrate Remembrance Sunday?
Remembrance Sunday is a special day set aside especially to remember all those men and women of the armed forces who were killed during the two World Wars and all the other wars and conflicts throughout the world.

Poppies by the Shell SeekersThe Story
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of a peace agreement called the Armistice in 1918. At 11am on November 11th that year, the armistice was signed and brought to an end the First World War, the war between Britain with her allies and Germany after more than four years. November 11th is called Armistice Day in Britain, and on this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women at a two-minute silence at 11 o'clock. On Armistice Day itself there is a ceremony at the Centotaph in Whitehall in London, at which people remember those who have died or been injured in wars. This ceremony was first held in 1921. 

One of the few things that survived in the battlefields of Northern France during World War One was the poppy. Its bright and cheerful resilience brought hope and comfort to the soldiers. After the war, paper poppies were sold to help wounded soldiers and their families, and are still sold by the Royal British Legion, a charity dedicated to helping war veterans. It is now traditional to wear red poppies in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during all wars. The poppy wreath shown above was made and laid on the war memorial by the Sunday School in 2012.

Laying wreathsRemembrance Sunday Service at St James's 
In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in most cities, towns and villages, including St James's. Here there is a special service each Remembrance Sunday. After the service we all process out of the church, led by the clergy, servers and choir, and gather round the war memorial in the churchyard. Members of the uniformed groups attend with their flags. At 11 o'clock, the flags are lowered and the Last Post is played. Two minutes silence is observed and special prayers are said. 

Read the Remembrance Prayers that the children wrote.