This year The Royal British Legion has led the nation in saying Thank You to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. Watch the video to find out more.
Who We Thanked
Arts and culture were impacted by the experiences of a generation of poets, artists and composers. We still enjoy the works of Wilfred Owen, Gustav Holst, J R. R. Tolkien and many more.
More than 340,000 children lost a parent and countless more lost brothers and uncles in WW1. Despite this trauma, children played a vital role in the war effort.
Pioneers in WW1 were driven to innovate. If you’ve ever used a teabag or worn a wristwatch you can thank the necessity during the war for making them commonplace.
Women played a huge role in WW1 and this helped to change their role in Britain. Supporting the war effort meant that many more women worked in jobs outside the home.
The Commonwealth answered the call with volunteers from far and wide including pre-partition India, the Caribbean and Africa, all of whom make up a vibrant part of our culture.
The Armed Forces
Soldiers returning home found a shortage of housing and a struggling economy. Despite this they brought the same resolve to peace that they had shown in war, helping to rebuild Britain.