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Remembrance Day 2018: What time is Remembrance Day silence?

November 11, 2018 10:21 AM
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Remembrance Day 2018: What time is Remembrance Day silence?

REMEMBRANCE Day commemorates fallen soldiers and veterans from World War One and other wars since. But what time is the Remembrance Day silence?

A two minute silence will be held at 11am on Sunday, November 11. The silence may be observed at war memorial, cenotaphs, shopping centres or even in the privacy of people’s homes. The Royal Family and leading politicians gather every year for a service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The silence pays tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for their country.

The Great War ended when fighting stopped at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France, on November 11, 1918.

Remembrance Day 2018: Prince Charles lays a wreath in commemoration at the Cenotaph last year (Image: GETTY)

Since then, Remembrance Day takes place at the same time every year throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.

But after World War II ended in 1945, Armistice Day became Remembrance Day in order to honour soldiers who had died in other wars.

The two minute silence began after Australian journalist Edward George Honey wrote a letter in the London Evening News on May 8, 1919.

He said: “All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”


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