5 amazing acts of remembrance

1. Not one, but two amazing pilgrimages

In 1928, ten years after the end of World War One, 11,000 veterans and war widows journeyed to the Somme and Ypres to visit the battlefields where their loved ones and fellow soldiers had fallen.

They then marched to Menin Gate in Ypres, a war memorial dedicated to the missing British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient battlefields.

In 2018, the Royal British Legion recreated this pilgrimage with thousands of members and representatives from the UK and overseas, marking the centenary of the launch of the Hundred Days Offensive. The group spent two days visiting World War One battlefields and cemeteries.


2. Amazing artwork for fallen private

In 2014, artist Helen Marshall created a digital mosaic of 23-year-old Private James Ernest Beaney, a British Army private killed during World War One, from more than 30,000 images.

Said the artist: "This portrait image was selected not only because of its important historical context, being sited clearly in its own time, but because it is a face that could also exist in the here and now, in our time."

The artwork comprised of photographs of thousands of individuals taken at BBC World War One at Home live events, 800 original World War One portrait images from The Imperial War Museums and 240 public submissions of World War One images.


3. A poignant goodbye

On 11th November 2018, filmmaker Danny Boyle is inviting communities all across the UK to join him in marking 100 years since the Armistice and the end of World War One.

The project, titled Pages of the Sea, is designed as a unique moment to say a collective thank you and farewell to the millions who left their shores during the First World War, many never to return.

The public are invited to beaches across the country where portraits of individuals from World War One will be drawn onto the sand, saying goodbye as the portraits are washed away with the tide.

Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem, especially for the moment, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day.

14-18 NOW - Pages of the Sea


4. A momentous march past

To mark the centenary of the Armistice, culture secretary Jeremy Wright has announced a huge procession past the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall, involving 10,000 members of the public, paying tribute to those who served in World War One.

Titled A Nation’s Thank You – the People’s Procession, the march past on Sunday, 11th November follows the traditional British Legion’s veteran march past at the end of the national remembrance service, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

Those taking part in the final procession are selected by ballot, and the route of the procession covers approximately two kilometres.


5. Schools come together to remember

Keeping remembrance alive amongst the younger generation, schools across the UK are participating in a Remembrance Live Lesson held by the BBC.

Broadcasting live to classrooms all around the country, the Live Lesson on Friday, 9th November at 2pm encourages children aged 7 to 11 to reflect on the sacrifices made and the lives led and lost by people in World War One through creative writing.

As part of the lesson, children are asked to create their own haikus of remembrance in a live national moment of commemoration.