30 October 2020
With many Remembrance Day parades and services cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are encouraging Cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers to salute their heroes as part of the #doorstepsalute with The Remembrance Penny.
This year commemorates 100 years of our Cenotaph and 75 years since the ending of World War Two in Europe and Japan. To mark this important event in our history, The Remembrance Penny, The D-Day Darlings, The D-Day Juniors and Britain’s Got Talent winner, Colin Thackery are encouraging the nation to salute our heroes.
As part of the initiative we are encouraging all Army Cadets to record themselves paying respect to the fallen by saluting on their doorstep in their uniform. You can then share your video on social media using #doorstepsalute and explain who you are saluting for and why.
Lorraine Kelly, National Honorary Colonel of the Army Cadet Force (ACF), said: “November is a poignant time of year when the nation reflects on past and present conflicts, and the contributions the Armed Forces continue to make each and every day. Whilst Remembrance Parades and events may look a bit different this year, it is still an important time for the Army Cadet Force and the #doorstepsalute is a wonderful initiative for us all to participate in safely at home on our doorsteps as we honour the fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
In addition to the #doorstepsalute there is also the opportunity to go online and find the heroes in your family uncovering their ‘shoebox stories’. Everyone will have tales that are waiting to be re-told to younger generations; stories that are currently suspended in time inside a box tucked away in an attic, gathering dust. Inside these boxes there could be mementos steeped in military history, keys that could unlock the people’s version of events that took place during the First and Second World Wars and all conflicts since.
Maybe a ration book that can tell how a great grandmother struggled to feed her growing family during the Second World War. Possibly medals that grandparents, great grandparents, or other family members earned during their service – what did they do to achieve the honours? Old photos can be a great conversation starter – children can help to identify who’s who to create the bigger picture so that we never forget the sacrifices made all those years ago.
You can upload videos, photographs, short stories, poems, or any other preferred format onto www.theremembrancepenny.com, contributing to the global community of Remembrance that ensures the stories of the past live on.
Any Cadets or CFAVs who sign up and create an account on the Remembrance Penny website and then add a profile of a family member or friend who has served the nation will receive a complimentary The Remembrance Pin MMXX: https://store.theremembrancepenny.com/product/remembrance-penny. Use the code ArmyCadet
Stand up and salute your hero. Be proud of who we are, be proud of our nation, be proud of the most ordinary people that have done the most extraordinary things. #doorstepsalute