The Wokingham Paper

Public call to say thank you on centenary of First World War’s end

Shinfield Remembrance

A NATIONAL campaign is being launched to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The Royal British Legion wants the nation to stand up and say thank you to those who served in the war, which took place from 1914-18.

As part of its campaign, it asking the country to commemorate not only the 1.2 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives, but also those – military and civilian – who played their part on the home front and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.

The campaign will run during the final 100 days of the centenary, from Wednesday, August 8 to Sunday, November 11. Anyone can take part in the movement.

The Legion’s director general, Charles Byrne said: “The end of the First World War centenary is a chance for each of us to say thank you in our own ways and in our own words not only to those who gave their lives, but those who returned, those who worked in the factories and on the land, and those who pioneered advances in medicine, technology and the arts in response to the experience of the war.

“While the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting 100 years ago marks a poignant time of reflection, it is also a time to look forward to the future with the promise to make it a better place. Everyone living in Britain today has a reason to say ‘Thank You’ to this special generation.”

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