Pensioners prepare for Cenotaph March

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 14 November in 2021, is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

We remember the Armed Forces, and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth, the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism.

Below you can find information concerning the National Service of Remembrance, as well as Remembrance Sunday dates for upcoming years.

Ceremoney at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday

National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph

The National Service of Remembrance, held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, provides the nation with a physical reminder of all those that have served and sacrificed, with British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors, airmen and women represented, together with members of the emergency services and civilians, ensuring that no-one is forgotten.

HM The Queen will pay tribute alongside Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London and other ministers.

Representatives of the Armed Forces, Fishing Fleets and Merchant Air and Navy will be there, as well as faith communities and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries.

How can I take part in the Cenotaph Parade?

Each year, veterans participate in the March Past. Places to take part in the Cenotaph March Past on Remembrance Sunday 2021 will be allocated through associations. If you are an individual wishing to apply for tickets, please contact your relevant association.

The number of people who can take part in the March Past is limited to 10,000 people due to capacity and the amount of time participants can reasonably be expected to stand.

To achieve fair allocation and wide representation of veterans, RBL will be rigorously applying the eligibility criteria for the March Past. This is an ex-service personnel March therefore family representatives will not be eligible to participate. 

We will be bringing forward the application dates and deadlines so that associations will have the opportunity to reapply for tickets in September should the full 10,000 tickets not be used.

If you wish to attend the service as a spectator, further information will be made available in due course on the website of the Department of Culture, Media & Sport.


Please be advised that we are currently working towards business as usual for the Cenotaph Dispersal on Remembrance Sunday.


We will continue to monitor government advice for mass gatherings to ensure the health and safety of our participants, which remains our priority, and update accordingly.


Should government guidelines necessitate, RBL may need to reduce the number of spaces in the Parade at late notice. Any changes to this event will be communicated via our website.

If you have any queries regarding the Cenotaph Dispersal, please contact the Commemorative Events Team by email at

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