News / UK and world by Press Association July 12, 2018, 7:44 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The UK will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War with a procession of 10,000 civilians past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day, the Culture Secretary has announced. Jeremy Wright, who was only appointed to his job earlier this week following a series of resignations from the Cabinet, announced a ballot for places on the march on Thursday evening. The event – titled A Nation’s Thank You – The People’s Procession – will be followed by bell ringing by churches across the country to echo the actions of British citizens 100 years ago. Bells that had stood silent throughout the war were rung in celebration as news of the Armistice spread, and the British Government – with the support of Germany – has invited other nations to take part. The Culture Secretary said: “On the centenary … [Read more...] about Ten thousand civilians to march past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day
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SERVICES are taking place across the UK today to mark Anzac Day, which celebrates the military efforts of Australian and New Zealand servicemen at Gallipoli during World War I. On this day, the Ode of Remembrance is recited – but what is it and why is it so important? We explain. What is the Ode to Remembrance? The Ode of Remembrance is taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, For the Fallen. It was first published in The Times in September 1914, and was specifically composed in honour of the casualties of the British Expeditionary Force. At the time of writing, troops from the British Expeditionary Force had already suffered severely at the Battle of Mons and the Battle of the Marne in the opening phase of the war on the Western Front. Over time, the third and fourth stanzas of the poem have been claimed as a tribute to all casualties of war, regardless of state. These particular stanzas make up the Ode of Remembrance. Who wrote For The Fallen and what was the inspiration behind it? … [Read more...] about At the going down of the sun – what are the words to For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon and why is it recited on Anzac Day?
PUBLISHED: 09:02 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:02 25 April 2018 Liz Coates Brothers Stephen and Paul Amer who will be appearing in Songs of Victory at Filby Village Hall on May 5. Photo: supplied by Stephen Amer Supplied by Stephen Amer The Blitz spirit will be celebrated at Filby with vintage songs and singalongs from the wartime era. Songs of Victory will ring out in the village hall on Saturday May 5, 7.30pm. The theatre show commemorates music, songs and sketches that helped to “win the war”. Professional singer, Sarah Probert who specialises in songs and medleys by the likes of Vera Lynn, Flanagan & Allen, The Andrews Sisters, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Doris Day is among the cast. It follows the company’s sell out Remembrance Day show in November last year. Singer Sarah said: “Music was such an important factor in maintaining the spirits of the British during both world wars, offering hope and optimism in a time of such fear and uncertainty … [Read more...] about Celebrate VE Day with rousing songs and singalongs at Filby Village Hall
INTERNATIONAL Workers' Day, or Labour Day as it is known in some countries, is a celebration of the working class. Here is what you need to know about the annual event... When is International Workers' Day? International Workers' Day usually takes place every year on May Day. This year, the day will not be a bank holiday as it's on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. As May Day falls on a Tuesday, the bank holiday is on the first Monday which is, May 7, 2018. Some countries celebrate on a different date which is significant to them, for example the United States chose the first Monday in September. The tradition began in the late 19th century, mainly thanks to the rise of trade unions. most read in newsIT'S A LOTTO EuroMillions jackpot winner comes forward to claim £121,328,187 prize BRICKING IT Moped rider throws brick through window of moving Porsche on dual carriageway MOB JUSTICE Tourist lynched by Peru mob 'because his motorbike BROKE DOWN as he fled' WINDRUSH RAGE … [Read more...] about What is International Workers’ Day? UK Labour Day on May Day 2018
News / UK and world by Press Association April 12, 2018, 10:43 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Israelis have stood still for a nationwide moment of silence in remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. A two-minute siren wailed across the country and the nation paid respects to those systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators in the Second World War. As every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, buses and cars came to a halt as Israelis stepped out of their vehicles, standing with heads bowed in solemn remembrance. The sombre day is also marked by ceremonies and memorials at schools and community centres. Restaurants and cafes in the ordinarily bustling streets of Tel Aviv close, and TV and radio stations play Holocaust-themed programmes. Dignitaries laid wreaths at Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. A third of the world’s Jews were murdered in the … [Read more...] about Israel stands still for Holocaust Remembrance Day