Some Christians seem to want to defend the compulsory Christian rituals at remembrance services today. I wish they understood what offence this causes.
This is a secular commemoration for ALL the people. To force atheists, agnostics, humanists and other non-Anglican faith type people to attend an Anglican ceremony as a necessary and formal part of the official, state commemoration of the war dead is offensive to all of them. At least accept, Christians, that I and many people are put off from attending any such ceremony because we will have to participate in a religious ceremony.
And for myself, it is not as if I can regard this as an empty ritual. I am forced to participate in the rituals of an institution, the Church of England, which is inherently homophobic and that does its absolute best to restrict my civil rights.
I of course have nothing against churches, synagogues, mosques et cetera celebrating Remembrance Day in a faith context, inside the buildings with consenting adults in private.
But leave the public ceremonial as secular: open it to all the people!