The British Army has released a special video to mark Remembrance 2022. Called The Fabric That Binds Us, the film reminds us to think about our veterans from recent conflicts - connected by their service yet from different walks of life.
The concept of The Fabric That Binds us stems from the personal experiences of Remembrance of its creator Corporal Charles Logan Clare, a Professional Army Photographer with the Royal Logistic Corps.
Corporal Clare, a first-generation immigrant and the first member of his family to serve in the British Army, said: “I grew up without any affiliation to the Army; even though I became a soldier, paid my respects and attended Remembrance Day parades, gatherings and observed the silence, it was done so out of a respectful courtesy.
Remembrance has become a way to pay respects to friends and colleagues. Corporal Charles Logan Clare
“During my service, I travelled to Royal Wootton Basset to watch a friend’s repatriation from Afghanistan to the UK. I saw the streets lined with strangers, all from different walks of life, come together to stand in silence in the rain as my friend’s hearse drove by, whom for them, was equally a stranger.
“It was a humbling experience that stayed with me over the years, and as the years have gone by, Remembrance has become a way to pay respects to friends and colleagues that have lost their lives in recent conflicts.”
The human side of soldiers
When Corporal Clare pitched his idea for The Fabric That Binds Us, he wanted to create a video that showed the human side of soldiers, how despite their different backgrounds they are the same.
“We all come together for the act of Remembrance and that Remembrance is a form of community. I also wanted to create a piece that would help to modernise the act of Remembrance, yet still paying tribute to its origins,” said Corporal Clare.
A real-life cast features veterans and serving regular and reservist soldiers as well as their families, all of whom Corporal Clare has either served with, deployed with or are known through friends.
Every year serving personnel, veterans and civilians come together to remember the sacrifices that previous generations from all walks of life have made, and honour the fallen. We will not forget those who have served before. Wherever they are in the world British soldiers, sailors and airmen continue to keep Britain and its allies safe.