Remembrance Day hundredth anniversary across our diocese
2014 was the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and between then and 2018, churches and communities have come together to remember those that lost their lives and mark some of the key dates of that period.
Over 16 million people died in the conflict (of which 6 million were civilians), and 20 million wounded.
In the final year of the centenary, many churches will celebrate Remembrance Day by marking the anniversary of the Armistice. On this page please find details of some of those centenary celebrations, along with news stories from across the diocese. You may want to mark this anniversary too, and below are some ways in which this could be done. We hope that the following resources will strike the right tone – remembering those who died before God, giving thanks for their lives, remembering the awful toll the war took.
The Armistice of 11 November 1918 ended the fighting and hostilities in the First World War between the Allies and Germany. It came into force at 11 a.m. on 11 November 1918 ("the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month") and marked a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany. However, the Great War offically ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
Ever since Remembrance Day has been observed on 11 November in many countries around the world to recall the end of hostilities on that date in 1918 and remember those who gave their lives to protect their country. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
Soldiers and service men and women who have fallen during conflicts that have taken place since, including the Second World War, are also remembered on November 11th.
Resources for Churches
A wide range of resources produced by the Church of England to help parishes and groups with public worship and private prayer. Browse and download them here. These resources include:
A vigil service to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.
A public act of commitment to work for peace.
A narrative called ‘Steps towards Reconciliation’.
Among others, prayers for peace, reconciliation, visiting a war grave.
A replica edition of the Active Service John’s Gospel, has been re-issued by SGM for the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Download more information.
Wakefield Cathedral has appealed for photographs of those who died during the First World War to create a unique slideshow to mark this year’s Centenary of the Armistice.
Called Lest We Forget, the Dean and Chapter want the project to be a stark reminder of all those from the city and district who lost their lives during World War 1.
The slideshow will be shown continuously in the Cathedral from Armistice Day until the end of November.
The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling commented: “Now that the First World War has receded from living memory into history we need to look at new ways to connect ourselves with the young men and women of that generation who gave their lives. As we commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, ‘Lest we Forget’ will be one of the important ways in which the Cathedral will be helping the wider community to connect with those young men and women.
Wakefield Cathedral will also host the premiere of The Trench Symphony, a new piece of work by composer Charlie Wells and Edgeland Arts on November 14.
There are singing workshops to be held at Wakefield Cathedral on Monday 5 November and Monday 12 November at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come to these sessions and previous experience not needed.
Lest We Forget: Please send a photograph or scanned copy of a family member from our district who died in service or as a result of the conflict between 1914 and 1918, to admin [at] wakefield-cathedral.org.uk or drop it in to the Cathedral Office together with their name, the year of their death and any other personal information you might have, together with your own contact details – so we can return promptly and correctly. Photographs and info need to be with the Cathedral by 31 October.
Resources for Schools
Download resources for children aged 6-14 written by Lat Blaylock of RE Today on behalf of the Diocese of Leeds.