Remembrance Sunday on 11th November is a particularly poignant one this year as it marks the centenary of the end of World War 1.
The Royal British Legion is working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to keep alive the memory of those who died in the First World War. The Everyone Remembered campaign aims to ensure every fallen hero from across the Commonwealth is remembered individually by those living today. This is your chance to take part in a truly historic and incredibly
significant global act of Remembrance.
The inspiration for Every One Remembered comes following a visit by 14-year-old Gemma with her local Scout group to a war cemetery in Belgium. Gemma sent a letter following her visit and wrote:
“I know that not everyone can be remembered as individuals, but I felt it was a shame for some people to have dozens of poppies and crosses while others had no one left to remember them.”
Now, with your help, every one of them will be remembered.
By visiting the Everyone Remembered website it’s easy to get involved, whether or not you already have someone in mind to remember. Just search for any name on the home page and follow a couple of simple steps. You can plant a poppy, write a remembrance message and even upload photos and a story if you have them. If you don’t have a name, why not make an effort to remember a stranger so that they are in someone’s thoughts.
It’s also important to remember the many foreign nationals that fought for the British military and assisted the British war effort. Only 2% of people are aware that forces from an undivided India – present-day Pakistan, India and Bangladesh – fought and died alongside British troops. As many as 400,000 Muslims made up one-third of the Indian Army of 1.3 million, along with 100,000 Sikhs, and up to 800,000 Hindu soldiers.
Remembrance is part of modern British life and our cultural heritage. It is a time of contemplation – not only for the Armed Forces, but the country as a whole. It is when we reflect on the sacrifice made on our behalf by the men and women of our Armed Forces and beyond, both throughout history and today.
So this year, why not participate by visiting the Everyone Remembered website (www.everyoneremembered.org) and find someone that made a sacrifice, so that on Armistice Day you will have a name in your thoughts, and so that no one goes unremembered this year.
If you’d like to donate to the Royal British Legion visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk