Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are dates close to the Nation's heart. This is especially true for those who have lost friends, colleagues and loved ones, as it offers the opportunity to honour those who fought for their country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Remembrance events are also an opportunity to remember those who are still with us, but have suffered as a result of their service. Therefore each year the NFA organises a full weekend of events to ensure that no-one is forgotten.
On Saturday 10th November 2017 several beneficiaries attended the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall - both for the afternoon and evening performances - before a dinner at The Royal Horseguards Hotel. Every Remembrance Sunday the NFA are honoured to take part in the Cenotaph March Past - an important and often cathartic event for those involved. This year's contingent saw 39 beneficiaries, from 22 organisations, participate in the Remembrance parade to commemorate and salute those who died or have been injured in war. Markus Strydom, who won a Military Cross in Afghanistan, carried the wreath on behalf of the Association. Following the March Past, the group returned to The Royal Horseguards Hotel for lunch.
As one beneficiary said, “Remembrance Sunday was by far the most special and memorable day of our lives, and one we shall never forget. Marching together as a family and the surge of applause from the crowds gave us so much pleasure, we can honestly say that the emotion we felt was tremendous.”
The Cenotaph was unveiled in 1920 as a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War. It has since become the Nation's official war memorial, representing those who have fallen in all subsequent conflicts. They will never be forgotten.
The NFA group in 2016