Loughton Remembers

November 5th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge

Up and down the country this Sunday 11th of November people will be gathering to remember the centenary of the end of the First World War. Loughton too will be remembering all those who have fallen. Loughton Remembers will take place on Kings Green/Hillyfields from 11:50 where Loughton will begin its commemoration of 100 years of remembrance.

At 11.50 the parade from Loughton Royal British Legion on Church Hill will begin. There will then be a service at the War Memorial on Kings Green. Later in the day at 18.45 “Battle’s Over” will form part of the National tributes playing out up and down the country on Hillyfields Open Space. At 19.00 there will be the lighting of Loughton Beacon before the bells of St John’s Church ring out for Peace at 19.05.

Armistice Day is also known as Remembrance Day marks the day World War One ended, at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. Usually, a two-minute silence is held at 11 am to remember the people who have died in wars. This year, Remembrance Sunday actually falls on Sunday 11 November and there will be special events and ceremonies at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches throughout the country, as well as abroad alongside the central London celebration in Whitehall led by the royal family.

The anniversary is now used to remember all the people who have died in wars - not just The First World War but wars throughout history. The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11 am. This was just one year after the end of The Great War. He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance.”