Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which this year is on November 10th.
The day is chosen as it is the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War, at 11am. in 1918. Today Remembrance Sunday is held to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth and civilian servicemen and women in both World Wars and later conflicts up to present day.
Shortly after the end of World War One an American professor and humanitarian, Moina Michael, inspired by John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders’ Fields”, began selling poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. The British Royal Legion adopted the poppy for its fundraising in 1921 – and so the tradition of wearing the poppy at this time of year began.
Here in Tenerife there will be a number of services held on Sunday. The biggest is probably at Westhaven Bay, Costa del Silencio, with the British Legion which starts at 10.30am. As this generally attracts hundreds of people it is a good idea to get there early. There will also be a service in Cristianos Community Church meeting in the Sol Princesa Dacil Hotel in Los Cristianos at 11.00am, and in Adeje there is a service in the Callao Salvaje Community Church, in Sueño Azul at 10.45 with tea and coffee served afterwards.