For this year's Act of Remembrance we are asked to pause at 11am in our homes or workplaces to remember those who have died or suffered through war, conflict, or terrorism.
On Remembrance Day we remember and honour those who died or suffered in the two World Wars and all who have been affected by war or acts of terrorism since then.
Remembrance Day is observed on the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918 Armistice Day. Over 100 years have passed since then, but the world is still in conflict, and each year we bring new casualties into our Remembrance.
Remembrance does not glorify war. Peace flourishes best in the ground of true Remembrance, just as poppies flourish best on broken ground, which is why they blossomed so well on the battlefields of France. They are a symbol of Remembrance and hope for a peaceful and brighter future.
2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War and so this year we particularly remember the challenge of life after the official end of conflict: shortages of goods, feeling socially isolated, family dislocation, a sense of the unknown, and a feeling of being forgotten as the world moves on. These challenges were faced by the Second World War generation, still affect communities around the world today, and have resonance for many more of us as we live through the events of 2020.
This year University of Leeds staff and students who wish to mark the occasion are encouraged to observe 2 minutes of silence at 11am in their homes or workspaces rather than gathering on campus.
The traditional format for the Act of Remembrance is:
- They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
- The Last Post*
- Two Minute Silence
- When you go home, tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
*A version of the Last Post, 2 minute silence and Reveille can be downloaded here
For more information contact Rev. Anthea Colledge (Chaplain).