Remembrance Sunday in Bracknell Forest

Poppy wreath

Sunday 13 November marks Remembrance Sunday across the United Kingdom. 

Events

There are a number of local events available. 

Civic Service of Remembrance

Residents are invited to this year's Civic Service of Remembrance.

Service details:

  • when: Sunday 13 November at 10:45am
  • where: Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Road

A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am, followed by the laying of wreaths. There will be musical support from local brass bands.

Parking will be restricted during this time.

The Yorktown Road alongside the Memorial Park, between the Wellington Road and Park Road junctions, will be closed to vehicles from 10:40am for the Remembrance March, with a diversion in place.

Remembrance Parade

Bracknell Town Council will be hosting a Remembrance Parade on Sunday 13 November.

Parade details:

  • when: Sunday 13 November at 10:45am
  • where: Angel War Memorial outside Princess Square and then march through The Lexicon

It is expected to be busier than usual in the shopping centre between 10:30am and 12:30pm on that day.

Photographers

Photographers will be present at both events.

Why we remember

Every November, the United Kingdom remembers the millions of individuals who have died in conflict. In total, there were an estimated 17 million deaths and 21 million wounded on both sides during World War One (WWI). The silence is observed at 11am due to the Armistice of Compiègne being signed at this time to signal the end of the war. The fighting ended at this time on 11 November 1918 with over 2,000 soldiers dying on that last day alone.

The poppy became the symbol of the conflict soon after. The soil across the battlefields provided the perfect environment for the flower to grow. The red colouring of the poppy came to symbolise the war dead.

2022 represents the centenary of the poppy as a symbol of WWI. The Royal British Legion was formed in 1921 to raise money for those affected by WWI. The simple act of buying and wearing a poppy in November to raise money started the following year.

All this history reminds us of the great sacrifice of previous generations. That is why we remember them each November.