Friday, 25 July 2008

Government's response to petition for National Remembrance Holiday

The Government has recently announced its response to the petition to create a new public holiday, the National Remembrance Holiday to commemorate The Fallen and our Nation, with the holiday falling on the second Monday in November each year, the day after Remembrance Sunday. The petition closed on 18th April with 531,307 signatures.
Your support is a clear sign of the strength of feeling across the UK that we must do more as a country to recognise the contribution of our Armed Forces, and in particular those who have died or been injured in the service of their country.
One of the National Recognition Study's recommendations was the institution of a special British Armed Forces and Veterans Day, which would complement the events held around Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday in November to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of our country.
We greatly appreciate your contribution to this ongoing debate, and whatever the final outcome, we hope that all signatories to this petition will see that we have very much taken on board their desire to see much greater national recognition for our Armed Forces.

It now looks pretty certain that a national holiday in honour of Britain's Armed Forces will be introduced - the only question is: when?