A Different Remembrance Day - November 2020

This year’s Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day was very different - Our Commandant reflects

13 November 2020


This year’s Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day was very different, members of Essex ACF would usually all be on parade with our Companies and Detachments and as we are often the only uniformed representatives at a memorial, all of us therefore are used to playing a key role in our communities’ act of Remembrance. None of that was possible this year, but the Comdt, Col Barr-Jones said “I was hugely delighted to see so many of our Cadets and Adults getting into their unforms and taking part in the Doorstep Salute and some private visits to memorials, flooding social media with amazing messages of Remembrance.”

On 11 November 1920, the body of one of the tens of thousands of British war dead was carried from Victoria station, where they had arrived from France, and taken through the London streets to be "buried among Kings" in Westminster Abbey. Both the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and the Cenotaph on Whitehall were unveiled on Armistice Day 1920 – just two years after the end of the Great War. They remain, 100 years on, Britain’s most important war memorials.

“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.”