The Royal British Legion leads the nation in saying Thank You
People across the nation said Thank You across Remembrancetide, dedicating their remembrance activities to the First World War generation and finding new ways to thank individuals, ancestors and groups whose contribution helped to shape our world.
Whilst The Royal British Legion hosted the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall, Bedfordshire, Peterston-Super-Ely, Leeds, Southampton and Carnegie held their own Festivals with poetry readings, live music performances, services and ceremonies. In Edinburgh, Leadhills, Gresford, Bristol and Guildford there were concerts showcasing the work of First World War artists and composers. The especially commissioned Armistice Cantata was performed by school children in Cardiff and Leadhills Silver Band premiered Alan Fernie’s Music for Distant Hills, based on research into the First World War in conjunction with Leadhills Library, Wanlockhead Museum of Lead Mining and Heritage Group.
Up and down the country, sports clubs dedicated matches to Thank You. The RAF provided players for a Remembrance game between Saracens RFC and Worcester and at Cardiff City, Reading Ladies, Mordon and Birmingham City the Thank You film was played to packed stadiums. Mark Tindall and other rugby stars played an Armistice 100 match at Richmond, whilst England took on New Zealand at Twickenham in a special Thank You game at which the Lewis Moody film was broadcast and Greene King’s commemorative Flanders Field beer was served.
Others chose to say Thank You by undertaking physical challenges to reflect on the hardship of war and being far from home. Cyclists from Lloyds & City branch and the Lone Walker undertook pilgrimages to the battlefields to lay wreaths, raise awareness for the movement and raise vital funds for Poppy Appeal.
Beacons were lit in Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire and the Thank You letter installation featured in a candlelit vigil at the National Memorial Arboratum (NMA) in Burton-on-Trent. In London, the iconic BT Tower displayed the Thank You logo over the weekend and The Photographers’ Gallery put on Turned Red Earth, a project weaving together contemporary photography with reflections from the letters and diaries of 18 men who fought in the First World War.
As the Thank You movement draws to a close we would like to thank you for taking part and for sharing your events, activities, discoveries and stories with us. Watch our wrap up film below to see how the nation has said Thank You.