Remembrance Sunday

November 8th, 2015 marks this years Remembrance Sunday.  Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom as a day

"to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts".

The Queen has led tributes to the UK's war dead at the annual Remembrance Sunday service in central London.

Thousands gathered at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall for a two-minute silence to honor those killed in World Wars One and Two and later conflicts.The monarch, Prime Minister David Cameron and the other main political party leaders all laid wreaths. Events have also taken place around the UK, including in Edinburgh, where First Minister Nicola Sturgeon laid a wreath. This year's service at the Cenotaph was shorter than in previous years, in an effort to reduce the amount of time war veterans are made to stand.

Rememberance Sunday, is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918. The national ceremony is held in London at the Cenotaph on Whitehall. It is an occasion of great solemnity.

On Armistice day, wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on memorials and two minutes' silence is held at 11 a.m. Church bells are usually rung half-muffled, creating a somber effect.

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. We will remember them. 

The Royal British Legion is to host a performance of music and readings in Trafalgar Square, London in the lead up to the Two Minute Silence at 11am on Armistice Day, Veterans Day. The Legion will hold a Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square, London, for the Two Minute Silence on this day, Wednesday 11 November.

Ben Shephard will host the proceedings which include musical performances and readings from a variety of artists leading to the two minutes of silence at 11.00am. Everyone attending will then be invited to place poppy petals in the fountains.

There, small artificial poppies are often worn on clothing leading up to Remembrance Day/Armistice Day (11 November).



Elizabeth WatkinsComment