Remembrance Day 2020 and the Poppy Pebble Project

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Published on: 9th November 2020

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day events and services are different this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, however there are still opportunities to remember at home and get involved.

Armistice Day is on 11 November and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence will be held at 11am on the day to remember the people who have died in World War One and other wars since then. Remembrance Sunday is also marked each year and this falls on the second Sunday in November.

Our Veterans team were involved in the #PoppyPebbleProject as part of Project Nova and in partnership with Walking with the Wounded. This global initiative encourages anyone to paint a pebble and place it at a memorial or headstone. Project Nova started the project to support their beneficiaries with social isolation and honour those who served, and has received an overwhelming response. Following Remembrance Day, an online exhibition will showcase all of the shared photographs, including examples from LPFT.

On Wednesday 4 November, the Veterans Team attended the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln to lay their pebbles, share stories and show their respects. The centre is of historical significance in Lincolnshire and hosts a meaningful memorial where the pebbles are now located.

Paula Jelly, Regional Lead, said:

"The project has been a great opportunity to pay our respects and commemorate those who have served.  The teams have produced some amazing artwork and it was only fitting that these should be placed at the International Bomber Command Centre where they can be displayed with pride.  This is our way of remembering those who have fallen and we are so pleased to have been part of this amazing initiative which has seen our local and wider community come together to produce the poppies."

Lyndsay Khan, TILs Team Manager, said:

"Remembrance can be a harrowing and emotional time for the serving and ex-serving community. As a veteran myself, for me, it is a time of deep reflection, to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Remembrance is such an important time for us in the Veterans Service and it is a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in this amazing project. I painted poppy pebbles with my children and talked to them about the importance of remembering our fallen. It is so important to pass this on to the next generation."

In addition to getting involved in this project, The Royal British Legion have suggested a range of activities, including; holding a virtual remembrance service, decorating the printable poppy template for your window, wearing your poppy badge, and attending the two minute silence on your doorstep.

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