Oxford set to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day

Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2022

Oxford will remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure and protect our freedom at Remembrance services next week.

Remembrance Sunday

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, in partnership with the Oxford City branch of the Royal British Legion, is set to host a Remembrance Sunday service at the War Memorial in St Giles’ on Sunday 13 November.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor James Fry, will be joined by military units, uniformed organisations, community groups, civic dignitaries, residents and visitors from across the county to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Remembrance Sunday takes place on the second Sunday in November and honours those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure and protect our freedom.

Military units, organisations and community groups will gather for 10am at the junction of Beaumont Street and St Giles’. They will then march up St Giles’ from 10.30am.

The service will start at 10.45am, with a two minute silence at 11am.

 “Whilst we observe Remembrance Sunday every year, the pursuit of peace is constant, and we must continue to come together as a city and as a country to work for a more peaceful future for all.”

Councillor James Fry, The Lord Mayor of Oxford

The order of service is:

  • Welcome: Councillor James Fry, Lord Mayor of Oxford, and The Revd Anthony Buckley, City Rector
  • Hymn: Abide with me
  • Act of Penitence: The Revd Anthony Buckley, City Rector
  • Messages of Remembrance from Oxford’s faith leaders
  • The Flowers of the Forest: a lament by Scott Weston
  • Exhortation and Kohima: To be read by a representive of the Royal British Legion and Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet
  • Act of Remembrance: Representive from the Royal British Legion Oxford City Branch
  • The Last Post, the Great Silence and the Reveille: Phil King, Senior Bugle Major, Bugles and Drums Detachment Oxfordshire (Rifles) Battalion ACF
  • Hymn: O God our help in ages past
  • Act of Commitment: Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Brian Buchan  Hymn: The Lord’s is my shepherd
  • Intercessions: Read by a student
  • The Lord’s Prayer: The Revd Anthony Buckley, City Rector
  • The Blessing: The Revd Anthony Buckley, City Rector
  • The National Anthem

Representatives from Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Help for Heroes, and Oxford’s twin cities of Grenoble, Leiden, Bonn and Wrocław will also be in attendance.

If members of the public require British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, the interpreter will be located on the junction of St Giles’ and Woodstock Road to the west of the dais.

Oxford Spires Scouts will be on hand to distribute orders of service and sell poppies.

Members of the public are welcome to put tributes on the monument before the service. 

Armistice Day

There will be a service marking Armistice Day on Friday 11 November, starting at 10.55am, on the landing area at the top of the stairs in Oxford Town Hall.

The service will be led by the Lord Mayor of Oxford and all are welcome to attend. There will be a two minute silence at 11am.

Wreath laying at Leiden Square, Westgate 

A wreath laying ceremony by the Oxford-Leiden twin city link group will take place in Leiden Square, Westgate Oxford, on Saturday 12 November at 11am. The Lord Mayor of Oxford will be in attendance.

The Oxford-Leiden link was Oxford’s first twin link and was established immediately after the Second World War in 1946.

Flying the flag

 The Royal British Legion flag will be flown above Oxford Town Hall in the run up to Remembrance Sunday from Monday 7 November to 12 November, when the flag will be changed over to the Union Jack on Sunday 13 November until after the birthday of King Charles III which is on Monday 14 November 2022.