East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (East Midlands RFCA) is one of 13 RFCAs in the UK. We are a community-based organisation with the responsibility of advising and assisting the Defence Council, and the
Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force on matters that concern Reserves and Cadets. With its headquarters in Nottingham, East Midlands RFCA helps to promote and support the Reserve Forces and Cadets across the
region, and by harnessing the extensive knowledge and experience of its membership, works to build relationships and increase understanding between military and civilian communities. East Midlands RFCA is responsible for providing
support to Reservists’ employers; supporting Reservists and Cadets; recruiting Cadet Force Adult Volunteers; and the maintenance and support of Army Reserve Centres and Cadet Centres within which Reserves and Cadets conduct their activities.
What is Armistice Day?
Thursday 11th November 2021
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November, to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany. It marks the cessation of hostilities which took effect at 11 in the morning — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. Two minutes silence is often observed in order to acknowledge the lives lost, both civilian and military, and the gravity of the cessation. Ceremonies will take place at your local cenotaph or town hall, including the laying of wreaths.
What is Remembrance?
Sunday 14th November 2021
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November and honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life.
It unites across faiths, cultures and backgrounds, to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.
It pays tribute to the special contribution of families and of the emergency services.
It acknowledges innocent civilians who lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.
How you can get involved
There are many local services of Remembrance and wreath-laying ceremonies in your local village, towns and cities. If you are able, and you feel safe to do so, show your support by attending and acknowledging Remembrance in person.
As employers, there are many other ways in which you can support Remembrance from your home or office:
Sign the Armed Forces Covenant: if you are not already signed up as a business, this is the most effective support you can provide.
Visit the Royal British Legion website for stories and information, to better understand Remembrance.
Donate to the Poppy Appeal to support current Armed Forces personnel and their families in need.
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