UK: Remembrance Sunday

13 November 2022 all-day
United Kingdom & Commonwealth

UK Government guidelines state that the Union Flag should be flown on Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday in November). 

Scottish government guidance also lists Remembrance Sunday as a flag flying day.

The Union Flag is specified.

The Royal British Legion recommends flying the Union Flag on Remembrance Day (11 November) and Remembrance Sunday. 

The flag should not be flown at half mast on either day.

14 Responses to UK: Remembrance Sunday

  1. Ralph Price 26 October 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Should I fly the flag from Adlestrop Church Tower at half mast on Rememberance Sunday and Armistice Day

  2. Graham Bartram 26 October 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    No, the Union Flag should be flown at full mast on both days – this is a remembrance not a funeral.

  3. Nerys Harries 1 November 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    We do not have a local parade at our cenotaph but as a Girl Guide Leader I would like to fly the Union Flag and Guide Flags at the cenotaph service, Can we do this and what would be the appropriate protocols for this? Also, what should we do at the sounding of the last post and reveille? The Royal British Legion will not be attending this ceremony. Many thanks.

    • ChiefVexillologist 6 November 2014 at 10:31 pm #

      There is nothing to prevent you from parading a Union Flag and a Guide flag. The Union Flag should take precedence, so should be on the left side of the parade column if both flags are being paraded side by side, or in front of the Guide flag. When standing next to the memorial the Union Flag should be to the right of the Guide Flag. See our booklet “Flying Flags in the United Kingdom”, which can be downloaded from this website, for more information.

  4. Georgina 6 November 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    What time should we raise the union flag to full mast on Remembrance Sunday? And what time does it come down please?

    • ChiefVexillologist 6 November 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      The Union Flag should fly at full mast on Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day for the whole day – this is a remembrance not a funeral.

  5. Ex-Force 9 November 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Why is this a question? The Union flag is, as all flags, sending a specific message. unless the monarch, a member of the Royal family or a state person (UK or foreign) has died than the Union flag should be flown full mast. unless by Royal command. Many people sacrificed their lives to ensure the flag is flown full and proud over the territories of the UK. The Royal British Legion endorse the British flag Institute, so that should be enough answer for anyone!—flags

    • Tobias Houghton 8 November 2015 at 7:49 am #

      As an ex serviceman I can tell you all we do not wait for a command to dip the flag for the fallen, and you certainly do not have to be a monarch, member of the royal family or person of state for the privilege, you just have to have given all at peace at war or when finally crossing the bar.

  6. Laura Gray 11 November 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Should a flag have be flown today armistice day in scotland?

    • David Kerry 13 November 2016 at 11:50 am #

      I would suggest the answer is yes.

      Armistice and Remembrance Day are about the conflicts in which the whole of the UK (of which Scotland has been and currently still is a member) were engaged.

  7. Colin maddocks 26 September 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Hi could someone please give some advice. I do the flag duties at my local church the past person who did the flag for over 60 years told me that the flag should be lowered to half mast after the last post is played on Remembrance Sunday at 1100hrs then put back upto full mast is this correct thank you Colin.

  8. Mark Wall 10 November 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    Can the Red Ensign be flown along with other flags on Remembrance Day or is there a specific protocol for those flags to be flown on the day?

  9. David Kerry 11 November 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    I understand that the Union Flag should be flown at full mast all day on both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday for the reason you state (that this is not a mourning but a remembrance. At our Fire Service HQ at Penrith they had a short gathering at the flagpole and chose to lower the flag to half mast at 11am (and, had they remembered, I was told they would have raised it straight after the minute’s silence). Was this correct? Judging by your previous reply I would assume this would not be correct flag protocol but I have a degree of sympathy with the view of Tobias Houghton (above).

    Flag Institute Member

    • David Kerry 11 November 2016 at 6:48 pm #

      That should have read “two minutes silence”