Armistice Day

Southam. Armistice Day Service. View of the crowd by the war memorial outside the Church. 1920s
Warwickshire County Record Office reference PH 350/2050

Armistice Day is nearly upon us, and it’s worth pausing to note its continued significance. Here are a few quotes from people that show the continued awareness.

  • “It’s a moment to pause and reflect… it’s always been a tradition y’know… I did once go to the Kenilworth one because my Dad was the representative from Warwickshire Police. That was a different perspective on it, a much more formal and obvious ceremonial aspect to it… it does feel more serious and relevant if you’re at some kind of ceremony for it.”
  • “It’s across a range of media at the moment… it’s important to commemorate, but also important to remember those who are currently risking their lives, as well as those in the past.”
  • [On taking children to a ceremony]To be honest, they were always extremely respectful. I don’t know… I taught upper juniors and they sort of got it… the older ones understood.”
  • “I do think it is important, and I think it’s important to make people aware of its importance and its meaning… to remember the fallen, not only of the two world wars, but of every war since.”
  • [On going to see the poppy display at the Tower of London] “It was very moving and beautiful, all around the moat and every part of it… But it was very moving, and there were a lot of people there, and there was kind of a sense of community and everyone, you know, in the shared kind of respect and grief or whatever your emotions were, and I was very glad we went there… it seemed like everyone on the train from Warwick Parkway was going down on the train to the Tower to see it.”
More from World War One