Armistice Day in Britain: the nation falls silent to remember war dead

Veterans from the Royal Hospital attend the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the cenotaph in London, Photo: PA

Millions fell silent across Britain today to mark the anniversary of the day peace returned to Europe at the end of the First World War.

Telegraph [UK]
11 November 2010

The agreement between Germany and the Allies took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 after four years of fighting.

As the nation stopped to remember those who died in battle, the Archbishop of Canterbury, defence ministers, representatives of military associations, veterans and school children attended a service at the Cenotaph in central London to commemorate Armistice Day.
Brother Nigel Cave, the Western Front Association’s padre, led the ceremony, and wreaths were laid at the monument in Whitehall.

A bugler from the Scots Guards heralded the start of the silence at exactly 11am by playing the Last Post and mark the completion of the two minutes with the Reveille…

…Parade marshal Les Carter, of the Western Front Association, said he believed it was “very important” to honour the sacrifice made by the 1914-1918 generation.

“The people who died there, especially in the early part of the war, went to war with a totally different attitude,” he said. “They were all volunteers – it was a civilian army.

“We owe them a tremendous amount and we will remember them.”…

The complete article is at the Telegraph.

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