Our Remembrance Day Traditions

27/09/2016 14:51  |  Military

In 1919, following the devastation of the First World War, the Queen’s grandfather, King George V, initiated a National Ceremony of Remembrance in honour of those who were lost in the conflict. The Cenotaph was constructed as a monument to the war dead and became the focus of the day as flower wreaths were spontaneously piled high upon it by members of the public. The iconic memorial was intended to be a temporary structure but proved so popular that a permanent one was commissioned and the simple inscription, ‘The Glorious Dead’ was added. Almost 100 years on, the ceremony has changed little; the monarch leads the service by placing a wreath of poppies at the base of the Cenotaph, and a nationwide two minute silence is observed in memory of those lost in all conflicts, past and present.

Adopting the poppy as an emblem of remembrance can be traced back to the battle grounds of the First World War. Following the death of his friend Alexis Helmer during the Battle of Ypres in 1915, John McCrae wrote his most famous poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’. He was inspired by the delicate red flower that grew in the desolate fields of war-torn France and the image has since become a worldwide symbol of hope and Remembrance.

This year’s commemorations take place on Sunday 13th November and will have added significance as 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. The Somme offensive began on 1st July 1916 and lasted just 141 days. By the time it was over, the battle had claimed more than one million casualties. 

In honour of Remembrance Day, The Jubilee Mint is proud to offer a range of commemorative coins, featuring a natural poppy design, released in support of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Founded in 1885, SSAFA is the UK’s oldest national military charity and is dedicated to providing lifetime support for those who have served or are currently serving in the forces, and their families. The Jubilee Mint will make a donation to the charity for each Remembrance Day coin sold.

To order your Remembrance Day coins and show your support for the work of SSAFA, please click here.

Registered Charity No: 210760  Registered Charity (Scotland) No: SC038056

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