At TDW, we recognize the importance of supporting civic and community programs that break down barriers to economic and social growth around the globe. That’s why we encourage our local Community Relations Committees (CRC) to seek out opportunities that celebrate cultural awareness and community enrichment.
In 2014, 13.5 percent of our United States charitable giving and 2.3 percent of our global charitable giving was invested in civic and community initiatives.
In the United Kingdom, TDW employee participation in “Remembrance Sunday” helps us honor this commitment to our community.
Remembrance Sunday commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. Towns across the nation hold ceremonies at local war memorials on the second Sunday in November (the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, November 11). Typical attendees include civic dignitaries, former servicemen/women, members of local armed forces, regular and reserve units, military cadet forces, and youth organizations. Celebrants lay wreaths of remembrance poppies on the memorials and observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m.
TDW celebrates UK heritage
As in most other towns and cities, remembrance in Newbury starts with a parade through the main street and into the marketplace close to the war memorial. Newbury’s 2014 parade was composed of 119 youth members and 18 leaders from the 3rd Newbury Scouts – under the direction of Paul, a TDW employee and UK CRC Chair.
“It was great to see so many of our young people prepared to parade through the center of town in uniform,” Paul says. “It was a sight to be proud of when I glanced down Northbrook Street to see Scouts filling the whole street from the clock tower to the bridge.”
At the conclusion of the parade, the Newbury mayor officiated the proceeding with a brief service and roll call of honor. A trumpeter played “The Last Stand,” followed by the moment of silence.
“This is a very moving part of the day,” says Paul. “So many people in a small place and absolute silence as the county stops for two minutes to remember. This is something that the Scouts themselves find humbling and is something for them to take away and contemplate the loss, dedication, and commitment that others have laid down for our freedom.”