Wreath-laying ceremonies and remembrance services will take place across and near Oxfordshire as people gather to remember those who have died and those fighting wars.

Remembrance Day is generally observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Services remember the sacrifices of the Armed Forces in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, the special contribution of families and of the emergency services, and innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and terrorism or who continue to be affected.

Armistice Day (November 11) falls on Saturday this year, meaning most services will take place on Sunday.

Services and ceremonies in Oxfordshire

12th November

Oxford City Remembrance Sunday 2023 Service:

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, in partnership with the Oxford City branch of the Royal British Legion, is set to host a Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial in St Giles’ on Sunday 12 November 2023.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford will be joined by military units, uniformed organisations, community groups, civic dignitaries, residents and visitors from across the county to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Bicester Town Council’s Remembrance Service and Parade 2023:

Bicester Town Council’s Remembrance Day Service and Parade will take on a new format this year to ensure it’s more inclusive for residents.

As usual, hundreds of people from uniformed organisations and local military units will take part in the parade. It will be led by ATC 2507 (Bicester) Marching Band with members of 1 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps and the Royal British Legion.

Bampton Remembrance Sunday service:

The remembrance of all those who have died in the service of our country will begin at the war memorial. 10.45 onwards - Gather at the memorial. 

Henley Town Council - Remembrance Sunday:

The Mayor, Councillors and Town Clerk will gather on Henley Town Hall steps, led out by the Town Sergeant James Churchill Coleman shortly before 11am.

The Mayor’s Chaplain, Father Jeremy Tayler, Rector of St Mary’s, will start the service shortly afterwards.

Prayers will be led by Father Jeremy in addition to the Mayoral Address there will be readings from the Town Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin-Edward and the Mayor’s Cadet, before the Laying on of Wreaths.

10th November

For The Fallen - a talk for Remembrance Day - Ramsden

"Join us for a fascinating and thought-provoking talk by Mike Sheil, photographer and recognised speaker for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission taking place in the beautifully restored Village Hall in Ramsden raising money for the incredible work of The Mulberry Bush Charity.

"In his talk, Mike will examine how the vision of the men who established the CWGC, over a hundred years ago, still manifests itself in our annual collective commemoration on the 11th day of the 11th month.

"His talk will not be just about gravestones in cemeteries as Mike will tell the stories of some of the men buried in the "cities of the silent dead" and the lessons to be learnt from their example."