Thursday, November 08, 2018

Remembering the Armistice - one hundred years on

This Sunday, which will be both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day (and was described by the BBC this morning as Armistice Sunday) is the hundredth anniversary of the cease-fire which ended the main period of combat of the enormous conflict known at the time as the Great War and subsequently as the First World War.

This week the government announced a £19 million package to mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice so we can preserve its history and remember those who have served their country.


Key facts: The funding will be split between a number of causes:


  • The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust which supports veterans with mental health needs will have its funding doubled – with an extra £10 million each year.
  • The government is also making an additional £1 million available to support First World War battlefield tours for school students to ensure that young people are given the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices made by previous generations.
  • To make sure local communities can continue to remember the sacrifices of generations past, the government is providing up to £8 million of taxpayers' money towards the cost of repairs and refurbishments to village halls and Miners’ Welfare and Armed Forces Organisations facilities. 


Why this matters: 

Through this funding, we are ensuring that young people can learn from previous generations and keep the memory of their service alive. By preserving our history, we can also provide vital social hubs for local communities, and by caring for today’s veterans we can show that their selfless service, and their sacrifices are hugely valued.

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