At Mission Performance HQ, we will be proudly wearing our poppies over the weekend. We will stand with the nation, pausing in our daily lives to pay our respects to the servicemen and women who have fallen in their line of duty.
Over the next few days, countries across the Commonwealth Nation will come together to remember the fallen at this time of remembrance.
Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday 12th September- which is the second Sunday of November as it is the closest to Remembrance Day (Armistice Day). The memorial day is to pay tribute and respects to the contribution of British and Commonwealth Nation’s military and civilian servicemen and women from both World Wars as well as later conflicts. Remembrance Sunday has been a Memorial Day since the end of the First World War, for the nation to remember and honor the members of the armed forces who have fallen in their line of duty.
Remembrance Day is not to be confused with Remembrance Sunday. Remembrance Day day is observed on 11 November in the United Kingdom and the Common Wealth of Nations to recall the end of conflict of World War I in 1918. The memorial developed out of Armistice Day, which continues to be marked on the same date as Remembrance Day. Armistice Day is celebrated every year on 11th November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies, for the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. It took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning, the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh hour of the eleventh minute”, of 1918.
Why wear a poppy?
The red poppy is a well-recognized, iconic symbol associated with Remembrance Sunday, each poppy raises money for the Royal British Legion. Each year, an army of volunteers distribute poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work the Royal British Legion do for the Armed Forces community. Members of the public wear the poppy on their left side of their chest being closest to their heart, as a symbol of Remembrance.
For everyone, Remembrance Sunday means something different to them. It is about remembering the fallen and paying respects. At Mission Performance, we will be pausing to pay our respects to the servicemen and women who have fallen in their line of duty. What does Remembrance Sunday mean to you?
Chris Mcleod –
I live out in the countryside and our local area is made up of a number of very small traditional country villages. They all have a war memorial with the names of the young men that died in the First World War. In some of the villages there are a number of brothers from the same family that joined up together and never returned. I always think of the terrible impact that would have had on the village communities at the time…I also think of the Royal Marines I served with that were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq in the more recent wars.
Gerry DeVries –
I am a foreigner but this is my adopted home country having lived here for over 20 years now. More importantly I had the honour of serving with the Royal Marines and now have the genuine pleasure of working, at Mission, with some truly amazing people, a significant number of which come from Britain’s Armed Forces. Some are lucky to be alive, others only so with significant injuries. Although each one is of course different – as are the Services and Regiments they come from, as they will not hesitate to remind you! – what always strikes, and impresses, me is what they have in common. Courage, selflessness, dedication to their purpose and to each other, the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and of course a great sense of humour. In short, an abundance of qualities that make them terrific human beings. Remembrance Day often causes me to reflect on the fact that all of those countless thousands who sacrificed their lives and bodies were similarly terrific human beings, each in their own right, and what a loss that means to their families and the country as a whole. And that we therefore must honour and remember those who went before, and look after their families, and only ever send more of them into conflict with the greatest possible care, in every respect.
Rob Lewis –
For me Remembrance Sunday is a time for reflection. From an early age Remembrance Sunday has been a key date in my family’s life. My father used to take me as a young Sea Cadet to pay our respects and to reflect on lives lost.
More recently and as a whole family, we have walked to the crash site of Ascend Charlie a Lancaster Bomber. The catastrophic crash in September of 1943 is remembered with a modest cairn and cross. As a family, we walk up the mountain and pay our respects. This normally involves a picnic depending on the weather, a few prayers and silent reflection. This link will give you some background on Ascend Charlie crew.