The Royal British Legion
Earlier this year, The Royal British Legion launched a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world during the First World War. The charity is calling on mass involvement from the public to mark the final year of the centenary.
The movement will honour not only the 1.2 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives, but also those who played their part on the home front, and those who returned to build a better life for the benefit of generations to come.
All communities are being encouraged to join the movement by expressing their thanks this year, with a number of high profile organisations already supporting the movement. Partners include the English National Ballet, Diwali in the Square, Highclere Castle, Cadbury, the RFU and many others. The movement was also represented at several major Pride parades this summer.
Sir Michael Morpurgo, a Thank You Ambassador, will this year release Poppy Field, a new book looking at the effect of the war on a civilian family. Sir Michael said: “The First World War is, in a strange sort of way, the most iconic of all wars. From the depths of its horror, it brought out an extraordinary collective effort and contributed to some of the most meaningful cultural shifts in human history.
“To the farmers who gave up their horses to the war effort; to the women who kept our home fires burning; to the Sassoons and the Macraes whose work has shaped our understanding of conflict; we should indeed say ‘Thank You’.”
Catherine Davies, Head of Remembrance at The Royal British Legion, said: “We all have a connection to the First World War and we all have a reason to say ‘Thank You’ to this special generation.
“Whether your personal Thank You is an event dedicated to those who made a difference in your community, a visit to a place of significance, or a simple Tweet, there’s no limit to the ways people can take part. We are making a plea to every single person across the UK to get involved and take a moment in this very significant year to say ‘Thank You’.”
Every One Remembered
With just over a month to go until the end of the First World War centenary, the Legion has also reissued a plea to the public to recognise the 1.1 million service men and women from the commonwealth who made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home.
Members of the public have so far left over 950,000 tributes on the Legion’s Every One Remembered website to individuals who died during the war, leaving around just over 95,000 people unremembered.
You can make your commemoration at www.everyoneremembered.org. Choose to commemorate someone you know - a relative or person on your local war memorial - or commemorate someone randomly selected for you.
The ‘Every One Remembered’ platform was developed by the Legion four years ago in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in order to individually commemorate over 1 million Commonwealth Service men and women who were killed during the First World War.
The Legion is asking the nation to plan their Thank You activity to take place right up until the 11th of November, to coincide with the anniversary of the so-called ‘Hundred Days Offensive’ that led to the end of the war.
For further information and to find out how you can get involved in the ‘Thank You’ movement, please visit
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