Remembrance Sunday

Old People Don't Need Strangers at their Funerals, they Need their Bins Bringing In

Sean O'Meara | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Sean O'Meara

An empty funeral is a sad sight, but empty chairs during visiting time at a care home are an even sadder one. I'm sure the 300 plus mourners who attended felt good about turning out, but they shouldn't mistake their actions for noble or respectful.

LOOK: Ukip Accused Over 'Inappropriate' Wreath

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK

Ukip has been getting some stick this morning for placing Remembrance wreaths emblazoned with the party logo. In Lincolnshire, a party chairman apo...

Brad Pitt Director Apologises For Nazi Battle Scene

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

A director has apologised after Remembrance Sunday was disrupted by staged explosions and Nazi battle re-enactments for the new Brad Pitt film. Fil...

Poppies and Poppycock

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Remembrance Sunday was a time to reflect for veterans on lost comrades in arms, for family and friends to recall loved ones to mind and for all to honour the service past and present of armed forces throughout the Commonwealth. Gradually humanists are being allowed to take part in services, though this is still far from the norm.

Has the Two Minute Silence on Remembrance Day Lost Its Original Meaning?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The famous two minute silence of Remembrance Sunday is a moving tribute to those who lost their lives defending this country in military conflict... But is the distinctive psychological power of the two-minute silence now endangered in the modern era?

Hate on War, But Don't Hate on Poppies

Louise Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Louise Bond

It is that time of year again where every poppy pinned to a lapel is joined by a newspaper column, blog or tweet on why no one should be wearing a poppy. To wear or not to wear a poppy is a debate raging everywhere, and unfortunately this controversy is dominating the discourse on commemoration and precluding the wider national debate we should be having on the subject.

'Grossly Insensitive'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK

Explosions shattered the silence of an Oxfordshire village on Remembrance Sunday as Hollywood bosses sparked outrage. Nazi battle scenes we re-enac...

Should We Also Remember Those Who Refused To Fight?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

On Remembrance Sunday, Britain falls silent to honour the sacrifices made by servicemen and women. But should those who refused to take part in the...

LOOK: Royals Lead Remembrance Sunday Service

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Queen led the nation in honouring members of the Armed Forces killed in conflict as Remembrance Sunday services took place around the UK to rememb...

'I Feel Very Proud Of Everything He Does To Keep Us Safe'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Hello, my name is Scarlett Carrell, I am 8 years old and I am in Year 3, in Miss Roger’s class. I would like to talk to you today, about somethi...

Morning Headlines

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Typhoon 'kills 10,000 in one city' As many as 10,000 people are believed to have died in one Philippine city alone when one of the worst storms on ...

Our Modern Remembrance Is All About Forgetting

Django Wylie | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Django Wylie

The worthy practice of donating first-hand, with its inherent 'nothing in return' aspect, has been replaced with the more morally ambiguous purchasing of an mp3. When you put pennies in the Chelsea Pensioner's box and collect your poppy, you are forced, however momentarily, to individually reflect on the meaning of the paper token you've acquired.

The Colour of the Poppy Doesn't Matter, But What We Remember Does

Alex Ford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Ford

It's that time of year again. When we remember. Remember the fallen, remember the dead. Remember those who have given their lives in wars throughout the last 100 years or so, in service of us, those left behind to have a free, decent and peaceful life.

Remembering Animals in War

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

Did you know that just before World War II was declared, a government pamphlet led to a massive cull of British pets? In fact it's estimated that as many as three quarters of a million adored pets were destroyed in the first week of war alone.

One Million British Muslims Will Wear Poppy Despite Extremist Threats

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

More than a million British Muslims support wearing a poppy to mark Remembrance Day, new figures have claimed, as a think-tank arged anti-poppy extrem...

British Muslims Urged To Wear Poppies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Muslim-led poppy stalls are to be set up across London and a number of other English cities this week as religious leaders call for Muslims to "wear p...

Wearing a Poppy Is Not a Comment on Politics or Military Intervention

Gemma Doyle | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Politics
Gemma Doyle

Wearing a poppy is not a comment on politics or military intervention. I doubt that everyone who wears a poppy agrees with all aspects of British foreign and military policy dating back to the first ever Poppy Day in 1921. If you object to British foreign policy, about the worst way you could express that is in a decision not to wear a poppy, because that decision only impacts on some of those who face consequences of the policy - whether or not they agree with it - not on those of us who are actually responsible for the decisions.

Let Us Forget...

Grainne Gillis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

There are not many things I dislike about living in London. Of course, the weather could be better sometimes; transport could definitely be improved upon; and an increase in the living wage would help most ordinary Londoners. But the one day of the year I have come to absolutely loathe and despise in over a decade of living in this great city is Remembrance Sunday.

Festival Of Remembrance Concert Lineup Revealed

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK

Rod Stewart and Alexandra Burke will perform for the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance on Satuday night in honour of Britain's war dead. The tel...

Remembrance Day Is an Annual Ritual of Nauseating Hypocrisy

John Wight | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The sight of politicians, the royal family and various other members of the nation's ruling class laying wreaths at the cenotaph to commemorate the deaths and slaughter of the untold thousands of working class men, used as cannon fodder to maintain the class privileges which they and theirs enjoy, is truly an act of sickening hypocrisy to behold.

Wearing a Poppy

James Field | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Style
James Field

The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem 'In Flanders Fields'. It refers to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers' graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies parts of Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.

Royal British Legion Appeal For Silence Across Social Networks

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

The Royal British Legion is launching a major campaign to extend Remembrance Sunday's two minute silence to social networks. Thousands of Facebook ...

The Other Poppies of War

Michael Freemantle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Opium poppy extracts and their chemical derivatives were and still are invaluable in relieving the suffering of the wounded. It is therefore safe to say that both the opium poppy and the red poppy, or least the artificial variety, have been employed to bring immense relief to members of the armed forces, albeit in totally different ways.

Young Muslims Sell Poppies In Bid For 'Peace Between All Peoples And Religions'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK

A group of young Muslims have taken their campaign to sell poppies nationwide to spread their message of "peace and unity between all nations, peoples...

PHOTOS - Queen Leads Tributes To Fallen And Wounded At The Cenotaph

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 12.01.2012 | UK

The Queen has led tributes to UK servicemen and women killed and wounded in conflicts around the world at the Cenotaph in London. After days of gloom...