Remembrance Sunday is celebrated every second Sunday in November in the UK to honor the memory of military and civilian people who fell during the wars. People thank everyone who stopped the aggression and was involved in world peace.
War memorial Cenotaph is located in Whitehall in the UK and was designed by Edwin Lutyens, a British architect. Initially, the monument was a temporary building, marking the end of the First World War. In 1920, the Cenotaph became permanent and became the official memorial of the United Kingdom. Every Remembrance Sunday, people gather around the Cenotaph to lay flowers and wreaths, and hold commemorative marches.
Initially, the date was called Armistice Day and concerned only those soldiers who fought in the First World War. After the Second World War, the King of England approved the proposal to commemorate the losses of both wars on this date, giving it a new name and meaning. In 1952, the festival took a new turn and included various events, parades, exhibitions and much more.
- Red poppies represent the holiday, symbolizing the flowers that bloomed on battlefields after bloodshed.
- During the Second World War, the word ‘hamburger’ could not be heard in the everyday life of the British, as it sounded too German. People called the dish simply ‘freedom steak’.
- More than 64 million lives were claimed by the Second World War.
How to take part
Find out what events will take place in your city and take part in them. You can also watch the live broadcast if it is not possible to visit the place. Remember to gather with your family at the same table and honor the memory of the defenders of the world.
When is Remembrance Sunday celebrated in 2023?
Remembrance Sunday is observed on the second Sunday of November each year.