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Scouts ready for Remembrance Sunday

This Sunday is Remembrance and Scouts across the UK will be taking part. At the National service in London, Queen’s Scouts will be providing the guard of honour to The Queen and dignitaries.

Taking place at the Cenotaph, Queen’s Scouts from London will distribute brochures for the service and act as a guard of honour for the Queen and dignitaries.

The service was established in 1920. King George V invited Queen’s Scouts who live in London to help out and act as his guard of honour, establishing a tradition that has lasted ever since.

Jenny Thorp, a member of Scout Network taking part in this year’s service, tells us about how privileged she feels about being involved, ‘As a Queen’s Scout from London I have the honour of taking part in the Cenotaph Remembrance event.

'Remembrance Sunday for Scouts isn't about marching like soldiers or glorifying war. It's about representing fellow Scouts who "did their best" in frightening and dangerous circumstances for the sake of their community and their country.’

Scouts from Bere Regis, in Dorset, paid their tribute by researching the lives and backgrounds of 32 men from their local village who lost their lives on the battlefield of Flanders in the First World War.

They visited Flanders and laid wreaths at the cemeteries where some of the men are commemorated and buried. Later they presented the results of their research to the local community.

Josie, aged 14, said, ‘As I went round the battlefields I tried to imagine what it must have been like for the soldiers. Some were only 19 when they died, just five years older than I am now. I tried to imagine how I would find it, if I had to do it – I don’t think I could!’

The Scouts have been invited to take part in the BBC’s Ninety Years of Remembrance event at the Tank Museum at Bovington on Saturday 8 November. This is part of a nationwide BBC commemoration campaign designed to personalise the Act of Remembrance and bring World War One alive to the present generation.

Last week, Beaver Scouts from the Leander (Kingston) Sea Scout Group visited The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory in Richmond. You can read about their experiences here.

Tell us about your Scouts' involvement in Remembrance Sunday below.

 

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