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Remembrance Sunday, November 11, coincides with a very special anniversary this year – the centenary of the Armistice which brought the hostilities of the First World War to an end.
In the four years since July 2014, each day has marked a century since lives were lost on the front, with communities and organisations across the UK finding special ways to remember and find out more about the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Red poppies are worn by millions of people as an enduring symbol of respect, remembrance and hope. Remembrance Sunday honours all those who have served and suffered for the nation, while November 11, Remembrance Day, marks the anniversary of the day that the guns fell silent in 1918.
On Sunday, the National Service of Remembrance will see 10,000 members of the public play a part in the traditional walk past of the nation’s war memorial, The Cenotaph, where the remembrance wreaths are laid. The Nation’s Thank You Procession will follow the walk past of the 10,000 military and civilian service veterans who pay their respects, every year.
Across the UK, communities with be gathering at places of worship and war memorials in cities, towns and villages, to lay wreaths and honour the fallen. Thousands have included their events on a special website to mark the centenary, armistice100.org.uk, which has an interactive map and postcode search facility to locate events.
The nation will fall silent at 11am on Remembrance Day, with the traditional two minute silence held to honour the dead.
The Two Minute Silence
The Two Minute Silence is a national act of remembrance and thanksgiving. It's respectful to pause what you are doing and be still and quiet, whether as a gesture of remembrance, or consideration for other people observing the silence.
At 11am, the Last Post is bugled
The exhortation is read aloud
- The end of the silence is signalled by the Reveille, played on the bugle or trumpet
Order of Service
Together with the Royal British Legion, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has published a Remembrance Day Order of Service for those who want to hold their own service of remembrance. It include hymns, prayers and readings and responses.
Remembrance Day Exhortation
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.
Response: We will remember them.