Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day. And this year has an added significance as it is the centenary of the outbreak of the first World War. But what is Remembrance Day?

Each year in November, the United Kingdom remembers the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. 

11 November is known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day. This year takes on added significance as it is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

During the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence at 11am on 11 November. There is a special silence in Trafalgar Square led by The Royal British Legion.

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Remembrance Sunday sees special events and services relating to remembrance. Remembrance Sunday is on 9 November in 2014.

On Remembrance Sunday, there’ll be a Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall. The Cenotaph ceremony is organised annually by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with The Royal British Legion coordinating the March Past.

There’ll also be various concerts, church services and events in London on and around this date to mark Remembrance Day.”

(Source: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/7152413-remembrance-in-london)

On the following link you can see Remembrance Day in pictures from last Sunday 9th November:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2014/nov/09/remembrance-sunday-in-pictures

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