Published 15/11/16 by Pinar
Remembrance Sunday remembers and honours members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. From buying a poppy to visiting a historical museum or exhibition, there are many ways to remember our soldiers’ heroism, achievements and sacrifice.
Westminster Abbey - The Unknown Warrior
The body of an unknown soldier, from Britain or the former colonies, was brought from France after the First World War and buried in England on Armistice Day, 11 November 1920. The grave, in the nave of Westminster Abbey, contains soil from France and the body may be from either the army, navy or air force. He represents all those who died who have no other memorial or known grave.
Imperial War Museum - Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies at IWM London
To mark the 100th anniversary of the release of original filmThe Battle of the Somme, this exhibition explores how film-makers have translated the drama, fear, loss and triumph of war into big-screen blockbusters. Through original items, personal testimony, costumes, props, scripts and set designs Real to Reel shows how movies can offer surprising perspectives on war. Until 8 January 2017.
St Paul’s Cathedral
A new exhibition of a unique altar frontal, made for the cathedral’s service of thanksgiving at the end of the First World War, is accompanied by stories about some of the 138 servicemen who embroidered it. They worked on it while recovering from injuries sustained during the Great War.
Churchill War Rooms
Explore the underground bunker that protected the staff at the heart of Britain's government during the Second World War as Churchill and his inner circle plotted the route to allied victory. See where Churchill and his War Cabinet met and step back in time in the Map Room, which has remained exactly as it was left on the day the lights were switched off in 1945.
HMS Belfast led the way on D-Day on 6 June 1944, playing a key role in one of the most dramatic sea battles of the Second World War. She saw even more action later on in the Korean War in the 1950s. As you climb up and down ladders across nine decks from the mast down to the boiler and engine rooms, you’ll get an idea of what life was like at sea during wartime.