This Sunday, the country will join together to mark three momentous occasions, the centenary of the end of WWI, Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.
Just like every Remembrance Sunday, the nation will unite in silence and take a moment to remember those who fought and perished for their country. However, this particular Sunday also coincides with Armistice Day, which also marks the 100-year anniversary since the end of the First World War.
WWI was known as the ‘war to end all wars’ or ‘The Great War’, due to the sheer unprecedented scale of the conflict. When the war finally came to an end, a commemoration was envisaged to remember the millions who lost their lives, known as Remembrance Day. Each year at memorials around the country, wreaths of poppies are laid on the Eleventh Hour, of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, to mark the moment peace was declared.
Since then, over 70 million military personnel have been engaged in war between 28 July 1914 and 11 November 2018. So, this Sunday join together and pay your respects to the fallen soldiers who bravely gave their lives to secure and protect our freedom. Remember them and celebrate those who still serve in our country’s armed forces today.
Cardiff Field of Remembrance
When: From 7 November 9am-4pm
Where: Cardiff Castle
Join the people of Cardiff this Remembrance Day in the Field of Remembrance, situated in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. The tradition of planting a Field of Remembrance started in 1928, when The Poppy Factory took a group of disabled veterans, a tray of poppies and a collecting tin to the grounds of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster.
The men gathered around an original wooden cross that had been planted for an unknown British soldier. They began to push poppies into the ground, all around it. Others joined in and it became the first Field of Remembrance. This year, your cross will be one of more than 120,000 Remembrance across the UK.
Remembrance Sunday at the National Museum Cardiff
When: 11 November 2018, 11am – 4pm
Where: National Museum
Why not pay your respects in a unique way at the National Museum in Cardiff. You and the family can learn about the medicine that was used during the First World War, on both people and the horses. There will also be poppy crafting sessions, music and a moment of silence at 11am.
The Welsh National War Memorial
When: 11 November
Where: Alexandra Gardens
Visit the Welsh National War Memorial, situated in the heart of Alexandra Gardens near Cardiff Castle and mark the day during the annual Act of Remembrance. The park is also home to other memorials that mark and honour more recent conflicts.
Remembrance Day Mass
When: 11 November 11am
Where: St David’s Cathedral
In addition to various parishes throughout the diocese carrying out acts of remembrance, Archbishop George Stack will celebrate the Remembrance Day Mass at St. David’s Cathedral at 11am on Sunday 11 November. The Mass will include the Two Minutes Silence, the Oration, a trumpeter for the ‘Last Post’ and the Faure Requiem together with the Russion Kontakion for the Dead.
First World War Centenary Commemoration
When: 11 November 12.30pm
Where: The Cornerstone
Following Mass at St David’s, the Cornerstone is hosting a Commemorative Service at 12.30pm for Remembrance Day. Archbishop Stack will be leading a short service in the Dewi Sant Hall, joined by members of the Charles Street Congregationalists and the Ebeneser Chapel. They will commemorate particularly those honoured in the stained glass window in the Hall, and re-dedicate their plaque to the fallen of the Second World War.
National Day of Remembrance for the Centenary of the Armistice
When: 11 November 3pm
Where: Llandaf Cathedral
A Welsh National Act of Remembrance will be presided by the Archbishop of Wales, The Most Rev’d John Davies at Llandaf Cathedral for the Centenary of the Armistice. The service will begin at 3pm and they welcome everyone to come and pay their respects.This is a ticketed event and will be broadcast live on BBC One Wales.
“When you go Home, tell them of us and say, For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”
: John Maxwell Edmunds 1916
The team at The Exchange Hotel pay our respects to all men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice securing and protecting our freedom. We will remember them.