8 November 2013
British Red Cross volunteers and staff are taking part in a number of Remembrance activities across the country this weekend, from local events in villages and towns to national ceremonies in London. This year sees the launch of our new ceremonial clothing, which will be worn by volunteers at the following London events.
Eight uniformed representatives of the Red Cross will take part in the annual Cenotaph Parade on Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday. The ceremony, which is led by The Queen, offers remembrance to ‘all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country and all those who mourn them’. The Red Cross participants, along with other civilian organisations in the Civilian Services Contingent, will form part of a guard of honour around the Cenotaph.
For the first time in ten years, the Red Cross is also taking part in the ‘Column M’ march past Whitehall. ‘Column M’ is the civilian contingent within the long march past the Cenotaph, organised by the Royal British Legion. Twelve of our volunteers from across the UK will march and lay a wreath.
Festival of Remembrance
Willie Reid and Marion Tough, both from Scotland, will represent the British Red Cross at The Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall, London. The event, organised by The Royal British Legion, runs twice on the Saturday of Remembrance weekend. The matinee event is open to the general public and the evening event is attended only by members of the Legion and their families, and senior members of the Royal Family. The festival will be televised by the BBC on Saturday evening, so look out for Willie and Marion in the 'muster' at the end of the event.
Field of Remembrance
The Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey is one of many similar events across the country. Small crosses with poppies have been ‘planted’ in the ground around the abbey, with a designated plot for the British Red Cross. A number of our volunteers from London attended the opening ceremony yesterday as the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry inspected the plots. A service was given, including a minute’s silence.
Smaller-scale remembrance events are taking place in many towns and villages across the UK. Our volunteers and staff often take part in these and in many cases will lay a British Red Cross branded wreath which can be purchased from the Royal British Legion’s ‘Poppy Shop’.