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Remembrance events

Published on 31 October 2017

Remembrance events

A series of events will be held in the Carlisle area in the build up to Armistice Day.

They are all organised by the Royal British Legion, with the support of Carlisle City Council. They are open to public and include:

Carlisle Poppy Day - Old Town Hall, Carlisle City Centre

Date: Thursday 2 November, 9.30am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey will attend the launch of Carlisle Poppy Day. Following the city centre opening event, an abseil will be held down the Civic Centre.

Laying of Poppy Crosses on War Graves in Carlisle Cemetery (the Service will be held at the Newer War Memorial) Date: Thursday, 9 November, starting at 10.45am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey is inviting the public to join her at a short service to lay Poppy Crosses on War Graves in Carlisle Cemetery. This is the culmination of the laying of over 200 crosses ­on every War Grave in the cemetery and a total of 400 in the various cemeteries in Carlisle.

Young Persons’ Armistice Service at the City Memorial (Carlisle Greenmarket)

Date: Friday, 10 November, 11am

A Young Persons’ Remembrance Service will be held. Children are invited to lay tributes, readings and poems at the City Memorial. Young people are particularly invited to attend this event. Invited school children will meet with the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey at the Tithe Barn from 10.15am and process to the City Memorial led by a Piper and the Royal British Legion Standard at 10.40am.

Festival of Remembrance

Date: Friday, 10 November, 7pm

The Royal British Legion, Carlisle and Stanwix Branch has organised a Festival of Remembrance to be held in St Cuthbert's Church; 400 tickets are available to the public, members of the Legion and local dignitaries. Tickets are free of charge on a first come, first served basis from the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre.

Armistice Day - National Silence at 11am

Date: Saturday, 11 November, 11am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey will join veterans at the City War Memorial to mark the two minutes’ silence for Armistice Day assembling with members of the public at the City memorial at 10.55am for a short commemoration to mark the 99th Anniversary of the Armistice of 1918.

Remembrance Sunday - City Memorial, City Centre (Greenmarket)

Date: Sunday, 12 November, 11am

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey will lead the Remembrance Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, when the Two Minutes’ Silence will be observed, and a Wreath will be laid by the Mayor. Former servicemen and women are invited to form up at Paternoster Row at 10.30am ready to march to the War Memorial in Greenmarket for the service.  All welcome.

The County Remembrance Service - Cenotaph, Rickerby Park

Date: Sunday 12 November, 2.30pm

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey will join the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and other dignitaries attending a Remembrance Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, organised by the by The Royal British Legion (Cumberland and Westmorland County Branch).Wreath’s will be laid.


The Royal British Legion is the national custodian of Remembrance, a role which ensures that those who gave their lives for peace and freedom are remembered. The act of observing a two minute silence began in 1919 following the Armistice at 11.00am on 11 November 1918, at the end of the WWI.

In 1921, the year the Legion was formed, ‘Armistice Day’ was formally adopted as the national day of Remembrance. The Legion was charged in its Royal Charter with organising ‘Festivals of Remembrance services’ and parades to perpetuate the memory of sacrifices made during Service with our Armed Forces in war and peace.

The Legion has been responsible for organising national, regional and local ceremonies of Remembrance to reflect the nation’s concern that the human cost of war should not be forgotten

Remembrance is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts worldwide since 1945, and those still fighting today. It is about learning from the past and resolving to make the world a better place to live in the future.

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