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Remembrance Day

Each year, Guernsey's Act of Remembrance takes place at the War Memorial in St Peter Port.  The occasion provides an opportunity to remember those who have served, as well as letting the men and women of the armed forces serving at the time know that the community supports them.

A Parade precedes the Act of Remembrance.  This is organised by the Royal British Legion and consists of various cadet forces and standards from local organisations.  Ex-service men and women are encouraged to join the Parade.

A bugler will normally sound the Last Post at 10.58am prior to a two minute silence at 11am.  The start and end of the two minute silence is signified by the firing of a canon at Castle Cornet.  His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor then leads the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.  Representatives of the Royal Court, the Royal British Legion, the States of Guernsey, the Parish Constables and Douzaines and the Armed Forces are amongst those who also lay wreaths.  This is followed by a short service and the singing of hymns.

A Field of Remembrance is laid out at the War Memorial on which members of the public can place their remembrance crosses.  The Field is normally laid out a little over two weeks before Remembrance Day itself.  Before its use, a short service to dedicate the Field is performed by the Dean of Guernsey in the presence of the Bailiff and representatives of the Royal British Legion and service organisations.

Further information about the work of the Royal British Legion and the Act of Remembrance can be found at their website.