In the United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is the Sunday nearest to 11 November Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918. Remembrance Sunday is held “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.
There will be ceremonies all over London and the rest of the country but the national ceremony is held in London at the Cenotaph and the Women’s Memorial on Whitehall. Wreaths are laid by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and other major politicians and representatives of the Armed Services. Two minutes’ silence is held at 11 a.m., before the laying of the wreaths. The silence represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, when the guns of Europe fell silent. This silence is marked by the firing of a field gun on Horse Guards Parade to begin and end the silence, followed by Royal Marines buglers sounding Last Post.
On Sunday 8 November, the National Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. Starting at 11am, the service will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts.Taking place during the centenary of the First World War, this year’s Remembrance Sunday memorials will have an added poignancy.
The event consists mainly of an extensive march past, with army bands playing live music, each year following the list of the Traditional Music of Remembrance.
No tickets or passes are needed for the event and the public are welcome to watch the ceremony from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street. There will be video screens north of the Cenotaph, near the green outside the main Ministry of Defence building and mounted outside the Scotland Office. If you are thinking of attending the commemorations in London, please note the schedule of the event below:
08:00: Whitehall opens to the public. Public advised to arrive early to secure a good view, as space is limited. Please allow time to clear the police security procedures and you are advised not to bring suitcases or large bags.
09:00: Royal British Legion (RBL) detachments form up on Horse Guards Parade and in Whitehall
10:00: All detachments march out from Wellington Barracks
Cenotaph Service commences
11:25: Cenotaph Service concludes and Royal British Legion detachments disperse past the Cenotaph.
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