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Remembrance Day 2023

Posted on November 6th, 2023

Marked every year on the weekend of 11th November, Remembrance Day offers an opportunity to remember and honour members of the armed forces lost in the line of duty.

Remembrance Day in 2023 perhaps takes on a slightly different tone than ever before. As well as reflecting on wars of the past such as the First and Second World Wars, current conflicts across the world – and the associated loss of armed forces as well as civilians – reports of which are a prominent feature of our daily lives, means that we’re not just looking back to the past; remembrance is a topic very much relevant to our present.

As with a personal loss and experience of grief of someone close to us, our experience of remembrance on this scale is an individual one. It may be felt keenly – perhaps never more so than in those for whom the lives of family members or friends have been lost in war, or those with loved ones currently serving in the armed forces.

Even where this is not the case, this day of broad reflection is an occasion that can connect us with own our personal sense of grief and as ever, the best way to work through those feelings are in the way you feel is best for yourself and those around you.

Read on for some of the ways Remembrance Day is being marked in our city.

Remembrance Day 2023 in Colchester

In Colchester, a garrison city with a history with the armed forces, the solemn event of Remembrance Day is marked with a service and parade by the city’s 16 Air Assault Brigade, which includes a 105-millimetre light gunfire salute, marking the beginning and end of a two-minute silence at 11am, from the 7th Parachute Regiment. A traditional way for the city to come together to pay respects to those who have fallen in conflict.

This year, the event will take place in the High Street on Sunday 12th November from 10:45am; you can find the full order of service at www.colchester.gov.uk/orderofservice

First Bus will once again be running their ‘Poppy Bus’ services which offers free travel to all veterans and UK Armed Forces personnel heading to Remembrance Day activities on 11th or 12th November. You need only show your Service ID card to be eligible for a free return journey.

Additionally, all money generated from ticket sales on Remembrance Day on the Poppy Bus will form a donation to The Royal British Legion charity. There will be an opportunity to donate, via collection buckets, on the buses which are instantly recognisable from their poignant poppy and remembrance-themed design.

Our team joins a multitude of people across the country, and the world, in remembering those who so bravely fought for a life many of us are now lucky enough to enjoy – and those who are continuing to fight in the hope of a better future.

Lest we forget. If you need support at this time or would like some advice or guidance on creating a meaningful memorial for a loved one you have lost, we are here to help. Give our compassionate team a ring on 01206 862 963 or visit our Contact page to get in touch.