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Armistice 100: How will it be marked near you?

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 November 2018

Remembrance Sunday in 2017. Picture: ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

Remembrance Sunday in 2017. Picture: ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

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The Royal British Legion has been helping veterans and their families for almost 100 years.

It was set up on May 15, 1921, to look after those who had suffered as a result of the First World War but continues to support servicemen and women with branches across Bexley and Bromley.

This year veterans, members and the public will gather together at war memorials across the boroughs, falling silent at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month to pay their respects to servicemen and women.

And this year marks the 100th year since the guns fell silent across the world signalling the end of the 1914-1918 conflict.

Ex-reservist and current treasurer of the Bexleyheath and Welling Royal British Legion (RBL) branch, Ken Sprowles, said: “Remembrance Day is an ongoing mark of respect for all those who have given their lives. It’s important to remember all those who perished in the war.”

Terry Russell, from Crayford’s branch, added: “People can easily forget about history.

“If you tend to ignore it, mistakes get made again.

“It’s important people remember what happened in the First and Second World Wars.

“It affected so many people’s lives.”

This Remembrance Sunday, memorial events will be held in a number of places including at Christ Church, Bexleyheath, with a service from 10.45am.

In Crayford, a service starts at 10am at St Paulinus Church before veterans and families march to Crayford Manor’s war memorial.

At the clocktower in Thamesmead on Saturday (November 10), dignitaries will gather to lay wreaths from about 10.45am with RBL branch members and the public then heading to war memorials in Plumstead and Woolwich cemeteries.

A Remembrance Service is planned the following day at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Abbeywood from 10.30am.

In Bromley there will be a Remembrance Service on Sunday in the market square starting at 10.45am.

There will also be an exhibition in Bromley Central Library until November 16 as part of a programme of events organised by Churches Together in Central Bromley and the Royal British Legion.

A website – bromleywarmemorial.org.uk – has been set up with information on all of the men recorded on the Bromley War Memorial as having lost their lives in the First World War.

In Bromley shops will display posters of serviceman who gave their lives with artwork and poetry created by the children and young people on show in the library and train station.

The best work will be displayed in Bromley Central Library and the best poem will be read at the Remembrance Service.

In central London the descendants of First World War veterans will file past Britain’s national war memorial in Whitehall in a People’s Procession.

At the same time across the capital, country and around the world people will ring bells to recreate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that marked the truce agreed between the warring countries on November 11, 1918.

Culture secretary Jeremy Wright said: “On the centenary of the Armistice, it is right that we come together to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today.

“The eleventh of November offers us a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the generation who gave so much to secure this hard fought victory.”

The People’s Procession and bell ringing will begin after about 10,000 British and Commonwealth former military and civilian personnel join the Royal British Legion march past of the Cenotaph following the National Service of Remembrance.

Mr Wright said: “This will be a fitting conclusion to the four year commemorations of the centenary of the First World War and ensure the stories from this important period of our history are passed down to future generations.”

A Westminster Abbey service is due to take place at 6pm in the evening and will be broadcast live on BBC1.

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