Remembrance Day

We commemorate The Fallen every year on Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Day Services take place all around the country on the second Sunday in November. We hold ours at the Bournemouth War Memorial in the Central Gardens where we lay poppy wreaths as tribute to the memory of those who died in the First and Second World Wars, as well as modern conflicts. 

The Service

The Remembrance Day Service takes place at 10:57am, and the Two Minutes Silence is marked at 11am. The Service lasts for 40 minutes and is then followed by a Wreath Laying Ceremony.  

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset (or their representative) and The Mayor lay the first wreaths followed by Military and civilian organisations and finally the Ex-Service Wreath Layers lay their wreaths together.

Personal tributes may be laid after the Parade has Marched Past and the Civic Party have left the Gardens. 

If you would like to attend this Service, you can watch it in Bourne Avenue, an area of the Central Gardens or in Avenue Road. Areas in Bourne Avenue and the Gardens are reserved for wheelchair users.  

Orders of Service are distributed so everyone can take part in the Service. 

The Parade

There are two formal parades made up of ex-service men and women and youth organisations.  The Youth Contingent sets off from Exeter Crescent at 10:35am followed by the Adult Contingent. They march through the Town Centre to the War Memorial to take up their positions.   

If you would like to take part but are unable to march the whole distance, you can join the Parade as it enters the Gardens, or go straight to the War Memorial.  Seating is available in front of the War Memorial for those unable to stand.  

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