A message from the Honorary Chaplain of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, The Venerable Stephen Robbins CB.
This is a strange Remembrance Tide. Services will be limited throughout the country with the four nations in various stages of lockdown. It has been a frustrating year for the Association. Blackpool cancelled twice and the service at the NMA going ahead eventually in October but with only 30 people present. The service at the Gunner Memorial on Remembrance Sunday will be even more sparsely attended. Only six of us will be there, led by the Master Gunner, to pay the respects of the Royal Regiment and its Association. Sadly, this Sevice is not open to the public.
I am sure, however, that many will be there with us in spirit as we remember those Gunners and others who have given their lives in the service of their sovereign and country. In this 75th anniversary year since the end of World War II, we shall remember especially over 29,000 Gunners who gave their lives in that conflict.
Wednesday 11th November, Armistice Day sees the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, so on Sunday, at the Memorial, we shall remember those Gunners without known graves or those lying in graves marked, “A British Soldier – Known unto God”. That phrase, “Known unto God,” in some ways, sums up the whole point as to why we remember within the context of a religious service. For we remember the dead and their sacrifice within the context of the hope they will be resurrected, that there will be a new dawn for them. This is why the Last Post and Silence are followed by Reveille.
If you cannot attend a Remembrance Service perhaps at 1100 on Sunday 8 November you can join in with us saying: "At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them".
We will remember them