Joining the local Royal British Legion for the annual services of remembrance commemorating those who served our nation as members of our armed forces, and as civilians who lost their lives, is one of the most moving responsibilities of my role as your local MP. This year will be especially moving, as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Congratulations to the local people who have been successful in the recent ballot for the People’s Procession on Sunday 11th November. Ten thousand members of the public will march past the Cenotaph to mark the centenary of the Armistice later this year.
In July, applications were opened to take part in ‘A Nation’s Thank you – The People’s Procession’.
At the same time, people are being encouraged to ring bells around the world as the government is seeking to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918. As news of the Armistice spread, church bells, which had fallen silent across the UK during the First World War, rang out in celebration.
On the centenary of the Armistice it is right that we come together to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today. Sunday 11th November offers us a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the generation who gave so much to secure this hard fought victory. This will be a fitting conclusion to four years of commemoration of the centenary of the First World War and will ensure that the stories from this important period of our history are passed down to future generations.
Bell ringing and the People’s Procession will take place after the conclusion of The Royal British Legion’s Veteran Dispersal and March Past the Cenotaph, which follows the National Service of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November 2018, the centenary of the end of the First World War.
As you make plans over the coming weeks, please consider joining me in one of the processions and acts of remembrance in Cornwall which provide us all with an opportunity to give thanks to all those who served in the First World War. Their service to the nation secured the victory that helped shape the rights and privileges we enjoy today.
Throughout the world, and here in Cornwall, the British Government, with the support of the German Government, has invited bell ringers of all kinds – church, military or any other – to ring out their bells at the following times:
Bells in countries observing GMT and CET are invited to ring at 12.30hrs GMT (13.30hrs CET)
Bells in countries throughout the rest of the world are invited to ring at either 12.30 GMT or 12.30pm local time
The Government is supporting an initiative ‘Ringing Remembers’ which is run by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. This project aims to get 1,400 people ringing church bells on the centenary of the Armistice, the number of bell ringers lost in the war.
First published in the West Briton 04/09/18