As we mark the centenary of the end of World War I, the Government is seeking to make faith and belief better represented at the National Remembrance Service and more reflective of modern Britain both for this year and going forward.
Faiths Forum for London in partnership with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is calling on applications from organisations representing different faiths, denominations and belief groups across Great Britain, who are not currently represented, to be part of the annual commemoration service.
The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London has played host to the Remembrance Service for the past nine decades. On the Sunday nearest to 11 November at 11am each year, a Remembrance Service is held at the Cenotaph to commemorate British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
The monarch, religious leaders, politicians, representatives of state and the armed and auxiliary forces, gather to pay respect to those who gave their lives defending others. The service has changed little since it was first introduced in 1921, hymns are sung, prayers are said, and a two-minute silence is observed. Official wreaths are laid on the steps of The Cenotaph. The ceremony ends with a march past of war veterans; a poignant gesture of respect for their fallen comrades.
Organisations are also asked to name the likely representative, where possible who would attend the Remembrance Service and to indicate if this would be the same individual each year. When choosing a representative, please consider the nature of the service and reflect that in your nomination. Preference would be given to either a senior faith/belief leader or a serving military chaplain or service personnel. Where this is not possible or appropriate, the person chosen should be of significant standing in the respective faith or belief community. Please also consider gender representation, where appropriate.
Please note that the nominated representative as well as the organisation chosen will be asked to sign a code of conduct, covering the standards of behaviour expected by those attending an event of this significance.
The Application Process
Applications which meet the essential criteria will go forward to be assessed by a review panel. Faith Forum for London will make their recommendations to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who will then make a final recommendation to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Number 10 and the Royal Household. Successful applicants will be notified in late September/early October 2018.
The application is open to people of all faiths, belief groups and denominations and none.
Please Note Applications are now closed