10 November 2017
Eight British Red Cross volunteers will join representatives from other organisations in a guard of honour around the Cenotaph during Sunday’s Service of Remembrance.
The Cenotaph Service and Parade, led by the Royal Family, will be attended by thousands of former servicemen and women, politicians and the general public. They gather to remember all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country.
This year for the first time, The Prince of Wales, who is also British Red Cross President, will lay the wreath on behalf of the Royal Family.
Sue Nutbrown from Yorkshire, a Red Cross volunteer for 53 years, will be among the guard of honour.
Sue said: “I became an assistant cadet officer, completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award with the British Red Cross and became a nurse.
“I’m extremely proud of being a British Red Cross volunteer and strive to uphold the fundamental principles in everything I do. I hope I’m able to demonstrate my enthusiasm for what a great international organisation the Red Cross is.”
Buckinghamshire volunteer to lay our wreath
Once the formal ceremony is complete, 10,000 veterans and civilians will march past the Cenotaph, including 11 of our volunteers. British Red Cross volunteer Nik Anyon from Buckinghamshire will lay our wreath there.
Nik said: “It is a real honour to be able to take part in such a historic event and it will be an experience that I treasure and will hold in my memories for many years to come.”
Red Cross at Festival of Remembrance
Also this weekend, John Bell and Mary Gardner – volunteers from Scotland and London – will take part in the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. The Festival commemorates and honours all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.
The matinee event is open to the general public and the evening event is attended only by members of the Royal British Legion, their families and senior members of the Royal Family.
Both events will be televised so anyone can watch them to mark the day.