Every year since 1919, on the second Sunday of November, a two-minute silence has been observed at 11am throughout the country. Remembrance Sunday commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
It is right and proper that we remember those dangerous times, especially as this year the Annual Act of Remembrance falls exactly one hundred years to the moment Armistice was declared, at the eleventh hour on 11th November 1918. Throughout November there will be a series of commemorative events in Frome and surrounding villages to mark the end of WW1.
On Friday, November 2nd the incredible “Somerset Poppy of Honour”, travelling on its lorry, will be in front of the Frome Memorial Theatre. It contains the names and ranks of every British and Commonwealth serviceman and woman who was lost in World War One – all hand-written on individual poppies. Frome Museum has an exhibition called ‘Readjusting to Peace’ that looks into the effects of WW1 on the local population before and after the armistice. Perspex silhouettes will be in the Frome Memorial Theatre, Merlin Theatre, Black Swan Arts and local schools and churches. Poppies, made by knitting and embroidery groups and members of the public will adorn areas in the town: Red for Remembrance, Blue for Animals Remembered and White for Peace. At the Garden of Remembrance in the Frome Memorial Theatre foyer, there will be a daily roll call of ten names, with a brief WW1 history of the day. Please take time to visit and support these and other events, full details of which can be found at: www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/frome-reflects-and-remembers/
Frome’s Remembrance Parade will start at 10.55am on Sunday 11th November at the Frome War Memorial. I hope to see you there.