Remembrance 2020

The pandemic caused us to mark VE and VJ Days virtually and now eight months in to the restrictions on social distancing, to reflect national and local guidance, we have been required to mark Rye Remembrance 2020 in a virtual way – though we had hoped to mount the usual public ceremony both in St Mary’s Rye and around the town memorial as in previous years.

This year would have been another milestone as it marks the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, the national focus for Remembrance. Our video has been compiled in Rye to mark Remembrance 2020 – a year most of us will never forget.

Although our thoughts at this time are with the fallen of the world wars, and in all the campaigns since, this year, with so many suffering and dying from Covid-19, we all have wider reasons to remember those who are no longer with us.

Therefore in these troubled times, on behalf of all those grieving or affected by conflict and strife, we say “We Will Remember Them”

Video of Rye Remembrance 2020 events will be added to this article on the morning of Sunday, November 8.

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Rye and District branch of the Royal British Legion will be held online via Zoom at 19:30 on Tuesday 10 November 2020, Agenda, Papers and log in details available by request to [email protected]

All nominations for President, Vice President and Committee should reach the Secretary at least 7 Days before the date of the AGM. All those nominated must have indicated their willingness to serve, this being in writing if they are unable to attend the meeting.

Rye British Legion

Rye & District Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in the 1920’s and now holds its meetings in the Hope Anchor, Watchbell Street, in Rye on the second Monday of March, June, September & November (AGM) – please note that regular meeting have been suspended until further notice.

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependents. Anyone who has served in the forces for seven days or more is eligible for our help.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist with requests for help and assistance at a local level, for all inquiries please follow the link Help & Support or all the Freephone number – 0808 8028080 –  at any time between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.  Calls from landlines and from most mobile networks will be entirely free of charge.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The Rye British Legion fully support Rye’s civic acts of Remembrance, usually led by the Mayor and Town Council.

Rye British Legion arrange a number of activities for Members including battlefield tours to France, a recent visit to the House of Parliament and Imperial War Museum.

Rye British Legion also maintains a close liaison with other Service organisations in the District, including the Women’s Section, Royal Air Force Association and Rye Sea Cadets as well as acting as a focus for local veterans issues.

For information on how to join the Rye British Legion please follow the link Members of the Royal British Legion

Updated:  05.11.20