Britain to fall silent for Armistice Day
At 11am today Britain is set to fall silent to mark Armistice Day and remember those who fought and died to protect our country in World War One and Two and all conflicts since. The day marks the anniversary of the end of World War One and the silence begins at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the time at which the guns fell silent after four years of war in 1918. Leading military officials and war veterans and their families will attend a ceremony at The Cenotaph in Whitehall today, and services are set to take place at military bases, schools and churches across the country.
Other commemorations will include a Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square, which will invite the public to place poppy petals in the square’s fountain, and a service will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, attended by HRH the Princess Royal as well as members of the government. The Queen led Remembrance Sunday tributes but will remember the war dead privately today with other members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace.