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Remembrance commemorations around the world

Posted 06/11/2020 : By: Netmatters Support

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From Remembrance Sunday to November 11th we honour, respect and pay tribute to all those who fought and died in both World Wars and conflicts across the Commonwealth and the entire globe since.

During this time of reflection ceremonial occasions of remembrance are held across the world, but throughout the year time can be taken to reflect in numerous regions, across the world, that played their parts in the history that we remember this week.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon


Spend a day at Blenheim Palace, Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace. Enjoy a guided tour of the palace with its beautiful gilded state rooms and permanent exhibition of Sir Winston Churchill.

Visit Bletchley Park for a guided tour of the mansion and learn some of the secrets of Alan Turing and his heroic, codebreaking colleagues. In 1938 the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, Admiral Sir Hugh Sinclair, paid £6,000 of his own money to purchase the mansion and 58 acres of land. This Buckinghamshire country house went on to play a crucial part in the Allied victory of World War II. 


On our five-day holiday to Liverpool you will ride the famous Mersey Ferry – The pre-fix ‘Royal’ that both ferries still use today, was bestowed upon them due to their service during World War I, as troop transports during the naval raid on Zeebrugge in Belgium in 1918.


Visit impressive Dover Castle, perched overlooking the famous White Cliffs, which played a crucial role in both world wars. Explore the secret war tunnels and offices, hewn into the cliffside, used to plan the D Day landings. Often only seen as people make their way to cross the channel Dover Castle is a truly fascinating visit.

Visit Churchill’s beautiful family home, Chartwell. Here Churchill was a politician and statesman but also a husband, father, writer, painter and garden planner. It remained important to him until his death in 1965. The rooms in the house remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes while a special exhibition gives deeper insight into his life through 50 objects. 

Vienna and the Vienna Woods

Schönbrunn Palace with its magnificent gardens is where the last of the Habsburg rulers, Karl I, signed a document on November 11, 1918, renouncing his participation in affairs of state—not quite an abdication, but tantamount to one. This was part of the capitulation of the Central Powers ending World War I. A full day is spent here touring the palace, gardens and numerous other exhibits.

Austrian Lakes & Salzburg

Just 20 minutes’ drive from our hotel is the dramatically spectacular Hohenwerfen Castle which was the setting for the film ‘Where Eagles Dare’, a World War II based spy thriller starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. The visit includes a falconry display watching majestic birds of prey soar amidst the backdrop of stunning mountain scenery.

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Opatija only became part of Croatia due to treaties after World War I and World War II. It was part of Italy during World War II and given to Yugoslavia as part of the Treaty of Trieste which was ratified in 1947. Take an eight-day holiday to Opatija, Croatia’s hidden treasure, and the scenic beauty this country has to offer.

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On day five of our Thailand holiday travel from Bangkok, via the floating market, to Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai. Here, we visit the Thai-Burma Railway museum, which gives visitors a glimpse into the difficult lives of allied prisoners of war during the building of the railway in World War II. Here the cemetery of troops from several countries is beautifully kept and a wonderful garden to honour those laid to rest. In the evening we enjoy, dinner on a floating pontoon that will glide gently along the River Kwai and pass under the famous bridge.

The following day walk the famous Bridge over the River Kwai – built by allied prisoners of war during World War II. Afterwards we take a ride on the “Death Railway” towards the Thai-Burma border. Afterwards, lunch will be at a local restaurant before visiting the Hellfire Pass Museum at the section of the railway that was a huge feat of engineering.

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Vietnam & Cambodia

From 1954 to 1975 (Vietnam War) this five-kilometre strip of land on either side of the Ben Hai River acted as a buffer between the North and the South. Ironically, the DMZ became one of the most militarised areas in the world. Our local guides will bring many stories from this period to life.

Ho Chi Minh City

Visit the Independence Palace, home of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and the symbol of the fall of Saigon in 1975 when a tank crashed through the gates.

The War Remnants Museum just a short distance from the palace displays captured military hardware and thought-provoking documentation. 

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