During the summer of 1918 the Lord Mayor of London wrote to his fellow mayors around the country proposing that a day of remembrance be marked on the fourth anniversary of the First World War’s beginning. It was to honour the dead and those still fighting. He also suggested a “heap of flowers” would represent the graves in France and Flanders.
A resolution was agreed, to be read out at each public gathering:
“That the citizens here assembled on Remembrance Day, August 4 1918, silenty paying tribute to the Empire’s sons who have fallen in the fight for freedom on the scattered battlefields of the world-war, whether on sea or shore, and mindful also of the loyalty and courage of our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and men everywhere, and those who are working on the munitions of war and helping in other ways for the preservation of civilization, unanimously resolve to do all that in their power lies to achieve the ideals on behalf of which so great a sacrifice has already been made.”
Events were to change the date and Armistice Day which occurred on 11 November 1918 was secured as the day when national remembrance would take place.