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Marking the Centenary

As church bells ring out across Britain this Sunday 11th November, the UK will be partaking in a collective moment of silence to commemorate the exact moment the guns fell silent across Europe.

This year is all the more poignant as it marks the 100-year anniversary of this epic moment in time, and so the entirety of 2018 has seen events, activities, workshops, lectures, art exhibitions springing up across the UK as a monumental act of remembrance, from the 5,000 ice figures left to melt in the sun in Birmingham in August, to the release of the Peter Jackson documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ that used colourised 3D archival footage with audio to produce a moving tribute. Sunday marks the culmination of a year of commemoration, here are some of the events near you and further afield that will be taking part.

Armistice Day beacon lighting
Across the country, over 1,200 beacons will be lit, including at some of the UK’s most prominent National Trust properties. This is part of the ‘Battle’s Over’ tribute, remembering the millions who were lost and those who participated in World War One, both at home and on the notorious battlefields across Europe. Reigate Hill and Gatton Park will be participating, with the beacons lit at 7pm, and will be open to members of the public.
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Kingston Remembers
The borough has unveiled five tommy sculptures to commemorate the historical event, alongside placards detailing Kingston’s role in the military aviation industry, the local regiment, and other events and activities playing out in the local museum and on Clarence Street. There will also be four remembrance services taking place: at the New Malden war memorial; a procession from the Guildhall and laying of wreaths; a service at Surbiton War Memorial on Ewell Road, and a service at Chessington at the Royal British Legion HQ.
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Beyond the Deepening Shadow at Tower of London
A moving tribute to the centenary with around 10,000 flames filling up the empty moat surrounding the Tower of London. A ceremonial Beefeater guard lit the torch on 4th November, with a flame brought down from the tower which was then used by representatives from the Armed Forces to ignite thousands of other flames. Beyond the Deepening Shadow will be repeated this each night at the Tower until Remembrance Sunday.
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Richmond Remembers
In the borough of Richmond, a parade will form at Old Deer Park from 10.15am on Sunday and proceed to Whittaker Avenue where a special service will be held at the war memorial with the wreath-laying taking place at 11am. On Twickenham Green, the deputy mayor Cllr Mona Adams will take the salute at the march-past of local organisations at the service in Radnor Gardens. In Ham and Petersham, there will be a parish communion at 9.45am at St Andrew’s Church, Ham Common, with an act of remembrance at 10.50am.
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National Army Museum
Chelsea’s National Army Museum is located across the road from the Chelsea Pensioners home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The museum has focused on connecting with the local community throughout the year with events and exhibitions dedicated to remembrance, but this season sees a flourish of activity committed to the centenary. Events include remembrance poetry writing workshops, talks discussing the act of remembrance and how to ensure it’s conducted appropriately, a virtual reality immersive World War trench experience, choral concerts, and poppy-making family events.
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Ceremony of Remembrance at IWM London
To mark the centenary, the Imperial War Museum revealed a graphic sound document from their archives that pinpoints the exact moment the ceasefire took place. It records the sound of guns still firing at 10.58am on 11 November 1918, but falling silent just one minute past the hour, and visitors to the museum will be able to hear the recording as part of a sound installation on display at the museum. On Sunday, a special Ceremony of Remembrance will take place in the Atrium, commencing with The Last Post and a violin recital with the instrument carved from sycamore and pine trees that grew in former battlefields on the Western Front.
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Remembrance Sunday events in Wimbledon
Wimbledon will be taking part in remembrance Sunday with a variety of poignant acts. At Mitcham War Memorial, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony attended by the mayor of Merton, Deputy Lieutenant Clare Whelan OBE, civic representatives, and the Mitcham branch of the Royal British Legion. At Wimbledon War Memorial in Wimbledon Village, there will be a ceremony starting at 10.40am and attended by the deputy mayor of Merton, civic representatives, the Wimbledon branch of the Royal British Legion and the 210 Transport Squadron.
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