Remembrance on Armistice Day / Remembrance Day
Ceremonious service and laying of the wreaths
Remembrance Day is the day in the British Commonwealth when the week of ceremonies and remembrance ends. The remembrance in Sittard consists of an ecumenical service at 10 A.M. in the Great Church (Grote Kerk / Petruskerk), preceded by the honorable Dean of Sittard, the local vicar and a clergyman from the Anglican Church. The service is graced by the Sittard Philharmony, the Petrus choir and guest musicians. For years, two Coriovallum Pipers have always played a significant and impressive role in this ceremony. The trumpeter, who plays ‘The last post’ and ‘Reveille’ at every official occasion, shapes an emotional musical highlight. Invariably, many nearby stationed British soldiers visit this service.
The poppy as a symbol
The (red) poppy grows in freshly turned ground. During the Great War it was one of the very few plants that could grow on the bare battlefields of Flanders and Northern France: fields of blood-red poppies, flourishing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers. For this reason it was the poppy to become the symbol for the immeasurable offerings that the British soldiers gave, also in later wars.
On the Saturday prior to Remembrance day the fallen soldiers buried at the general cemetery at Vrangendael in Sittard are remembered at 11 A.M.