Remembrance Day – 11th November 2012

Remembrance Day takes place on the second Sunday of November or the Sunday nearest the 11th November. This is to commemorate the First World War which ended at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918.

Armistice day, as it was then known (when the warring forces agreed to stop fighting) has been observed ever since. The First World War or Great War marked the beginning of the use of modern technology in warfare and led to millions of deaths. It was felt that the dead should be honoured and King George V initiated a 2 minute silence at exactly 11 o’clock to commemorate those who had died for their country.

Today 21st Romsey (Nursling & Rownhams) Scout Group attended Rownhams St. Johns Church along with parents and other parish residents to show their respect in a service given by Rev. Williams.

We would like to thank all the Beavers, Cubs & Scouts for attending and the individuals who gave readings, and for the flag bearers, and helpers.

Why do people wear poppies?

When soldiers in the First World War in France saw poppies growing in the battlefields, they became a symbol of new life and hope for the future. Nowadays people wear artificial poppies as a sign of remembrance. The proceeds of the sale go towards supporting former soldiers. Some people wear white poppies which have become a peace symbol.