Remembrance Sunday 2016. Tavistock Square London

Peace Pledge Union 1 Peace Passage London N7 0BT

Join us at the Alternative Remembrance Day Ceremony
12.00 noon, Sunday 13 November 2016
Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HE

This is an opportunity to remember all victims of all wars, including civilians, members of armed forces and conscientious objectors, of all nationalities.

It is also a chance to commit ourselves to learning from the past, working for peace, challenging militarism and tackling the causes of war.

There will be a short poetry reading and a brief talk. We will observe two minutes' silence and lay a wreath of White Poppies. Information will be available about campaigns to resist war and to challenge the causes of war. The event is unlikely to last longer than 45 minutes.

We will not glorify war nor sanitise its horrors nor glamourise the armed forces. We will remember all victims of war.


Other alternative Remembrance events around the UK

There are several other alternative Remembrance events around the UK. Below are details about the ones we know about. If you are planning an event not listed here, please let us know.

Thursday 10 November 2016 - London: Reclaiming Remembrance

6.45pm: Author Virginia Moffatt will discuss her novel Echo Hall, which looks at the effects of war on three generations of the same family. The talk is hosted by the Ekklesia thinktank, the Peace Pledge Union and Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church.

Saturday 12 November 2016 - London: Remember Refugees

3.30pm: Meet at Trafalgar Square (between the lions) for a commemoration ceremony to lay a life-ring wreath in memory of the people who have died fleeing their war-torn countries to seek refuge. This will involve a walk to the Cenotaph, via the Minsitry of Defence. Organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants.

Sunday 13 November 2016 - Bury St Edmunds

3.00pm: All are welcome to join Bury St Edmunds Quakers as they lay a White Poppy wreath at the war memorial on Angel Hill in memory of all soldiers and civilians of all nationalities who have been victims of war. There will be a short silent vigil, followed by the reading of some quotations on the theme of peace.

Sunday 13 November 2016 - Guildford

10.30am: Gather for the laying of a wreath of White Poppies, Quakers' Acre, North Street (by the library).

Sunday 13 November 2016 - Leeds

3.00pm: Join Left Bank Leeds from 3pm for craft activities for children and adults alike as well as some things to get you thinking. The event will finish at 4pm with a short reflection on peace and celebration of hope, and there may be some music somewhere along the way too.

Sunday 13 November 2016 - London

12.00 noon: Alternative Remembrance Day Ceremony in Tavistock Square (see above)

1.00pm: Veterans for Peace will march to the Cenotaph to lay a wreath of White Poppies in memory of all people killed or injured in war. Non-veterans will be welcome to march behind them.

3.00pm: Vickie Hawkins, general director of Medicins Sans Frontieres, will give the annual Remembrance Day lecture for the Movement for the Abolition of War (MAW) at the Imperial War Museum. All are welcome.

Sunday 13 November 2016 - Mansfield

9.45am: Gather outside the Quaker Meeting House in Mansfield for a ceremony to remember all victims of war. White Poppies will be available.

Sunday 13 November 2016 - Stowmarket

11.30am: Gather at the Recreation Ground. This will be followed by laying of a wreath of White Poppies at the Memorial Gates. All are welcome. Anyone wanting to know more about the event or other pacifist activity in the area can email

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