Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service
Service at Westminster Abbey
This is an opportunity for us to not only commemorate Florence Nightingale on her birthday (12th May) but also to celebrate all that is good about nursing on International Nurses’ Day. Tickets to this event are limited and applications can be made to the Florence Nightingale Foundation by following this link.
During the ceremony, a number of significant processions take place. Scholars of the Florence Nightingale Foundation process the Lamp to signify the knowledge of nursing and are escorted by student nurses signifying the transfer of knowledge to future generations.
The Chelsea pensioners process in memory of, and in gratitude to, Florence Nightingale for her care of the troops – who were their predecessors – during the Crimean Campaign.
The final procession is of the Nurses’ Roll of Honour which was complied by the British Commonwealth Nurses War Memorial Fund and is also kept in the Florence Nightingale Chapel at the Abbey. It is carried to honour those killed in conflict and to underpin the links with military nursing and nurses who have lost their lives in the service of others.