Raise a toast in Remembrance
1916 is remembered in the UK as we mark the centenary of the Somme Offensive which started in July and went on to November.
The Royal British Legion has made special poppies to remember the 1,000,000 British, French and German casualties – dead, wounded and missing. We must also remember that others were suffering; in February the Battle of Verdun began and lasted 300 days, with around 300,000 French and German dead out of 800,000 casualties. Other actions were taking place at sea, in Africa, the Balkans, Italy and the Middle-East. All in all, 1916 was a very bad year.
Many brewers support The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal with donations from the sales of special ‘Poppy’ ales like Otter Poppy and most pubs have poppies on the bar for us to buy and wear in remembrance. XT brewery (a LocAle brewer) works with other small brewers around the country to brew ‘Lest we Forget’ – with an iconic pump clip.
The nation holds a two minute silence on Armistice Day ‘at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month’, a Friday this year. Services will be held on Remembrance Sunday (November 13) around the country: the main one is at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, the United Kingdom’s primary national war memorial since 1920.
These pubs usually put on a Remembrance Ale so we can honour the casualties: The Bell (Chartridge), The Black Cat (Lye Green), The Craft Beer Shop (Little Chalfont), The Gamekeepers Lodge (Chesham), The Generals Arms (Chesham), The George & Dragon – with knitted poppies (Chesham), The Hen & Chickens (Botley), The Jolly Sportsman (Chesham), The Pheasant (Chesham), The Plough (Hyde Heath), The Red Lion (Chenies), The Red Lion (Marsworth), The Squirrel (Penn Street) and The White Lion (Little Chalfont). So raise a sombre glass: we will remember them.