Wear Your Poppy with pride and
remember our fallen heroes
- November is the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars.
- The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.
- At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.
- Remembrance Day is on 11 November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.
- Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain.
- The "Last Post" is traditionally played to introduce the two minute silence in Remembrance Day ceremonies. It is usually ' played on a bugle. (In military life, 'The Last Post' marks the end of the day and the final farewell.)
- At 11am on each Remembrance Sunday a two minute silence is observed at war memorials and other public spaces across the UK.
- The First Two Minute Silence in London (11th November 1919) as reported in the Manchester Guardian, 12th November 1919.
- 'The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect.
- The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition.
- Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still ... The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain ... And the spirit of memory brooded over it all.'
Remembrance Day Parade and Service 2013Order of March:
- Northampton Pipe Band
- Standard Bearers
- Wreath Bearers
- Royal British Legion and other ex-service organisations
- Air Training Corps Band
- Units of the Regular Army
- Units of the Territorial Army
- Other Uniformed Civil Units
- Other organisations.