Friday, 6 November 2009

Remembrance Day Round-up

by Kathryn Hadley

Here is a selection of some of the events taking place over the weekend and next week for Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day Unveiling
November 8th, 10.45am
St James’ Church, Mill Lane,
West Derby
Liverpool L12 7JA
Following five months work, the newly restored glass war memorial in St James’ Church will be unveiled on Sunday. The monument commemorates the dead of both world wars and features the doomed liner Lusitania which was sunk by a German U-boat submarine off the Irish coast on May 7th, 1915, upon its return to Liverpool from New York. Nearly 1,200 lives were lost. The memorial is made up of nearly 3,000 pieces of colourful glass embedded into mortar, a technique known as opus sectile (Latin for ‘cut work’) which was popular in ancient Rome. A sandstone surround was later added to the memorial in memory of the fallen on the Second World War.

The Imperial War Museum is organising a series of events in each of its local branches.

Imperial War Museum London
Ceremony of Remembrance
November 8th, 11.00am
The Last Post will be sounded by a member of the Merton Sea Cadets, followed by two minutes' silence. This will be followed by a performance by the Solaris Quartet of Benjamin Cox's winning piece from the In Memoriam Young Composer's Competition, written to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Armistice Day Ceremony of Remembrance
November 11th, 11.00am
The Last Post and Reveille will be sounded by a member of The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas, followed by readings from Forgotten Voices of the Somme by author Joshua Levine.

Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
Remembrance Saturday
November 7th, 11.00am and 1.00pm
Members of the Westminster Community Reminiscence and Archive Group will talk about their wartime experiences, including evacuation and working in the ARP and the Women's Land Army.

Imperial War Museum Duxford
Remembrance Sunday
November 8th

At 11am there will be a candle-lighting ceremony in the American Air Museum in remembrance of the US Forces who fought and died in the Second World War. A remembrance service will thereafter be held at 12.30pm. Admission to the museum will be free for all and the museum’s Department for Learning will be organising various hands-on activities for children throughout the day.

They Can’t Blackout the Moon
November 8th, 3pm
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
Anne Harvey and Peter Marinker will read from poets, writers and memorabilia reflecting warfare and life on the Home Front during the Second World War. Poetry by Keith Douglas, Alan Lewis and Sidney Keyes and the writings of RAF pilot, Richard Hillary will be featured. Snippets from the archive, Mass Observation, will focus on memories of rationing, evacuation, the blitz and the blackout.

Their Past Your Future – Honouring the Passing of the First World War Generation
November 11th
A national ceremony will be held at Westminster Abbey to recognise the contribution of both the military and the civilian population in the First World War. The ceremony will be attended by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, members of the Armed Forces and the government, ambassadors and high commissioners.
21 young people will also be present as representatives of the Imperial War Museum and will escort VC recipients Johnson Beharry VC and Mark Donaldson VC. They will be reporting live on the website
To mark the event, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Imperial War Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have also launched a website offering remembrance-themed education resources.

Remembrance Day at the Museum of London Docklands
November 11th, 11am
West India Quay
London E14 4AL
Telephone: 020 7001 9844
A remembrance service will be organised for local men and women, led by the Docklands chaplain and accompanied by the FSA choir.

Great War Portraits
There is a slideshow of portraits of survivors of the First World War on the BBC website, which are extracts from Great War Portraits a new book by Keith Collman featuring portraits of over 40 veterans compiled over the past 25 years.

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