We pay our respects to the fallen on armistice day

We pay our respects to the Fallen on Armistice Day

10 November 2015

We pay our respects to the Fallen on Armistice Day

On Armistice Day, 11 November, and throughout the Remembrance period, SSAFA has come together with the nation to recognise the courage and sacrifice of millions of brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for our country.


For our Remembrance commemorations this year, SSAFA’s Remember the Fallen social media campaign has focused on the fallen soldiers, sailors, and airmen from Britain and the Commonwealth who lost their lives fighting in the smaller and sometimes forgotten wars since the end of World War Two.

Coming together to remember

Our online communities across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have joined us to remember these lives lost. Over 275,914 people have paid their respects with thousands sharing their stories about parents, spouses, siblings and friends who were part of these conflicts.

More than 100 years of conflict

On 11/11, it is important to remember that for more than 100 years, since the outbreak of World War One in August 1914, not a single year has gone by without our servicemen and women being involved in conflict. During that time 1,278,419 service men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for our country1. As SSAFA celebrates our 130 year anniversary this year, we are the only national military charity that has been in existence through both World Wars and every conflict since. Throughout this time our work has been about honouring those who have served our country by providing them with the help and support they need.

Remembering the living

While the focus of Remembrance is often on the fallen, we believe it is also important to remember the bereaved families and loved ones of the heroes who went off to fight and didn’t return and those veterans who are living with life changing injuries as a result of their service. Join us today in thinking about them as well as those who we have lost.

 

References

1Figures taken from number of British casualities of war since World War One and UK Armed Forces operational deaths post-World War Two.

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