Remembrance Sunday

This year’s Remembrance Sunday marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

During the past four years, there have been a wide range of commemorations and exhibitions to mark the important anniversaries of significant events during the war.

In 2014, nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies were installed at the Tower of London for four months to mark the 100-anniversary of the start of the war.

During the subsequent years, people throughout the UK and on the continent, have been involved in wide ranging projects and events to mark various significant moments.

As part of the First World War commemorations, I produced an educational booklet for primary school children to illustrate what life was like in Dartford during the First World War. This included stories of people who lost their lives and the role of Dartford played in the war in a bid to inform young people about this terrible conflict.

Ceremonies have also been held to mark the major battles of the war. In July 2016, commemorations were held in France to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and services were held this summer to mark the Battle of Amiens.

On Sunday, 10,000 torches were lit at the Tower of London to mark the anniversary of the final week of the war. These will be lit every evening until Remembrance Sunday.

All of the commemoration events during the past four years have been a reminder of the sacrifices made by so many people during the four-year conflict.

There are many events planned for Sunday including the lighting of Beacons across the country, a people’s parade past the cenotaph and bell ringing to replicate the bells that rang out in 1918 when the end of the war was announced.

Here in Dartford, the annual Remembrance Service will take place at the town’s War Memorial in Central Park on Sunday. This starts at 10.40am and will be followed by a parade by veterans, uniformed and youth organisations. 

This year, the service will mark the centenary of the day the war ended and I hope people of all ages will attend to remember and honour the people who gave their lives for our freedom.