Remembrance Weekend

Sat 9th - Sun 10th Nov 2019

Sunday 10th November will see Beamish recognise Remembrance Sunday and commemorate those soldiers who gave their lives during the First World War from 1914-1918. Join us in The 1900s Pit Village and The 1900s Town where buglers will perform the Last Post, followed by a two-minute silence at 11am on Sunday.

A display by the Wessington U3A and North East War Memorials Project will be on show in the Bank Board Room during the weekend. On Sunday, enjoy traditional music from the Beamish Choir at 1pm and 2pm in The Pit Village chapel and from Off Key Music in the Masonic Hall from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives in the line of duty. On this day, people pause, reflect and remember. Remembrance Day is officially 11th November to remember the end of hostilities of the First World War on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”. Generally, the 11th hour is chosen as the time to observe a silence.

On 7th November 1919, King George V marked 11th November as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during the First World War. The first official Remembrance Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace on the morning of 11th November 1919. This type of commemorative event has continued to the present day.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar symbol of Remembrance Day. This is largely due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders during the First World War, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled.

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