Lest We Forget
This Sunday, 11th November, the people of the UK will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War – both locally with Remembrance Services in towns and villages and on a grander scale at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
It’s not just the historical facts that we remember but the impact on the personal lives of so many – including our enemies – who made the ultimate sacrifice and to their loved ones at home.
For the first time ever this year, St John Ambulance are to let volunteers wear the white poppy, designed to remember all those who died in all wars. However for many the focus over the coming days will be the most poignant of centenaries – 100 years ago that the Armistice was signed bringing into force a ceasefire at 11am on 11th November 1918, ending the First World War.
In and around Kent a multitude of events are planned, from the ringing out of the bells to the lighting of the beacons. Film director Danny Boyle is inviting people to head to 30-plus beaches across the UK and Republic of Ireland – including Sunny Sands in Folkestone – on Sunday 11th to remember First World War heroes with the Pages of the Sea tribute. “The idea is that people will draw someone famous, such as poet Wilfred Owen, or someone who has a connection with that area or their hearts. As the tide comes in the portrait will be washed away. It is a way of saying goodbye and thank you.”
Oscar-winner Danny plans to spend Remembrance Sunday at Sunny Sands in Folkestone, from where millions set off for foreign battlefields, and where First World War poet Lieutenant Wilfred Owen will be drawn in the sand.