At the Thames Regional Rowing Council meeting on the 16th of October, they have discussed the forthcoming Remembrance Day which falls on a Sunday. As you are no doubt aware this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 and as such is of particular poignancy.
Every year we ask clubs and their members to observe a moment of silence even if they are out on the water at 11 am on Remembrance Day. For the 100th anniversary, the Thames Regional Rowing Council discussed an appropriate way to mark what is a particularly significant moment in history.
Virtually every rowing club that was in existence during one of the world wars or subsequently has lost a member or members in the line of duty somewhere in the world. They felt that an appropriate way to commemorate this loss to our clubs and our communities was to mark it with not just a moment of silence, but also a visual representation of this loss. We would therefore like to invite clubs to participate in Blades of Remembrance: At 11 am on the 11th November 2018 we ask club members, to stand in front of their clubs and layout or display a club blade to commemorate each member that they have lost to war.
Many clubs are newly formed and only recently started in the sport, however, we would also invite them to support their neighbouring clubs and the wider community by assembling at their club in a similar way as an act of remembrance.
This has been forwarded by the ERRC who would like to encourage all Eastern region clubs to participate in a similar way.