Published on November 11th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Their Name Liveth for Evermore
Remembrance Day is one of the most important days in the nation’s calendar. Every year since 1918, we have united in quiet reflection as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and those who are still affected by conflict today.
This year is of particular significance as we remember the fallen of World War One. July marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the landmark battles and turning point in the war.
On the 11th hour on the 11th Day of the 11th month for two minutes we remember and pay tribute to war heroes past and present. A special Silence in the Square event takes place today from 10am to 11.15am at Trafalgar Square with music, readings and the two-minute silence led by The Royal British Legion.
This Sunday, 13th November, the annual service and parade will take place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. The ceremony will be attended by The Queen, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, other politicians and military representatives.
The Queen’s New Poppy Wreath
Since 1945, The Queen has attended every Remembrance Sunday ceremony and placed a wreath at the Cenotaph. After celebrating her 90th birthday earlier this year, she will place a newly designed wreath at the Cenotaph on Sunday. Previously the wreath, made of hardboard, broom and crepe paper weighed 12lbs but, with Her Majesty’s advancing years a lighter wreath has been created.
Last year the ceremony was also shortened in respect to the elderly veterans and The Queen and Prince Philip. This was so they did not have to stand outside in the cold November weather for longer than was necessary.
Remembrance Day Coins for 2016
The Royal Mint releases a coin every year for Remembrance Day to commemorate this poignant event. For each coin sold, the Royal Mint donates to the Imperial War Museum 2.5% of the RRP price (£17 for the Base Metal Brilliant Uncirculated coin, £80 for the Silver coin).
The Remembrance Day coin for 2016 has been created and inspired by traditional symbols of remembrance. It encompasses a poppy wreath design, the popular symbol in which the nation remembers and commemorates the fallen. The moving inscription ‘their name liveth for evermore’ features in Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country.
Poppy colours on the coin have been painted boldly and vibrantly to emphasise that the poppy is a symbol of remembrance, but also one of hope for the future. The wreath itself is based upon one that lies at The Royal Mint’s war memorial at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales.
Two versions of the coin are available, the Remembrance Day Silver Proof £5 Coin and the Remembrance Day 2016 Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Coin.
This stunning collection of “Lest We Forget” Special Stamps from 2006, 2007 and 2008 are also available at selected Post Office branches.
Poppy Design Mailing Box
For those with loved ones still fighting overseas today, this Poppy mailing box is the perfect choice if you are wanting to send a gift to them, particularly with Christmas just around the corner. You can order yours today with next working day delivery, directly from the Post Office Shop. Also, make sure to check the Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2016.