Remembrance and Armistice Day
Lest we forget
Over the next fortnight, we'll be joining together with the whole country in honouring the legacy and bravery of our veterans and serving armed forces personnel, as we mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
To be held on 8th & 11th November respectively, this year's memorial days will feel somewhat different to usual, in light of current COVID restrictions - with no large gatherings, such as those traditionally found around the Cenotaph, permitted. To play its part in encouraging people to stay safe by marking the occasions at home, the railway will not be offering free train tickets to uniformed military personnel for the events this year - instead, looking forward to a time when 'we'll meet again' to honour our heroes in person.
As you might have noticed, street poppy sellers haven't been able to be out and about as much this year - but there's a unique new way to pay your respects over the coming weeks, through The Royal British Legion's 'Every Poppy Counts' appeal. By donating as little as £1, you can download their exclusive poppy poster to put in your window - the perfect way to show your support even during these tough times.
We're also proud to be supporting a range of local, socially-distanced commemorations this Remembrance season, including a poignant exhibition marking 100 years since the return of the Unknown Warrior. Running at the National Army Museum until 14 February, 'Buried Among Kings' tells the powerful story of the anonymous serviceman, whose body travelled through South Eastern and Chatham Railway's Dover Marine station, before being laid to rest in Westminster Abbey. Entry is free, and a range of safety measures are in place to ensure the space is COVID-secure.