Remembrance in Modern Britain: Support the Armed Forces!

Nataliya Danilova*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Contemporary commemoration in Britain has evolved into a military service-based and decontextualised commemoration. This chapter explores how national ceremonies of remembrance adapt to this change. Originally Armistice Day was held on 11 November, but after the Second World War, the main ceremony was moved to Remembrance Day (also known as Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday nearest to the Armistice). In the middle of the 1990s, Armistice Day was brought back thanks to the efforts of the Royal British Legion (RBL). This chapter discusses the political aspects of changes in the ritual and discourse of the national days of remembrance in modern Britain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Politics of War Commemoration in the UK and Russia
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages85-114
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-39571-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-349-67939-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
ISSN (Print)2634-6257
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6265

Keywords

  • Armed Force
  • British Society
  • Military Service
  • Royal Family
  • Service Personnel

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