Armistice Day: UK remembers


The anniversary of the World War One armistice - signed 95 years ago - has been marked in the UK with a two-minute silence.

Ceremonies have taken place at military bases, town halls, churches, schools, and at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The Royal British Legion held its own event in London’ s Trafalgar Square.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh has visited Belgium, scene of some of World War One’s deadliest battles.

This year, Armistice Day, which honours members of the armed forces who have died in that war and in all conflicts since, comes a day after Remembrance Sunday.

In commemorations across the UK:

Mairtin O Muilleoir became the first Sinn Fein Lord Mayor to attend an Armistice Day ceremony - at Belfast City Hall
Welsh Secretary David Jones struck a £5 Remembrance Day coin at the Royal Mint, Llantrisant, near Cardiff
At Glasgow’s Central Station, a new memorial stone dedicated to railway staff who died in wars was unveiled
In Wrexham, an air raid siren marked the start of the silence - a week ahead of A Company 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh pulling out of the town’s Hightown barracks
In Staffordshire, 93-year-old Dorothy Ellis - thought to be the last surviving widow of a World War One veteran - joined senior representatives of the government and the armed forces at the National Memorial Arboretum
The arboretum’s Portland stone memorial is designed so that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a shaft of sunlight dissects its inner and outer walls, falling on a bronze wreath sculpture.

It is the nation’s tribute to more than 16,000 servicemen and women who have died on duty, or as a result of terrorism, since 1948.

The two-minute silence takes place annually at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the time the guns fell silent along the Western Front in 1918, and an armistice was declared.

It was first observed in November 1919 following a suggestion by an Australian journalist.


Today we remember, mourn, honour and commemorate the sacrifice of those brave young people who paid the ultimate price in the Two World Wars that ravaged our world in the last century. British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Indians and all our allies: the Americans, French, Russians, Poles and many others who fought for the freedom we enjoy today, the survival of our civilization and our values.

We remember them and we pray that such tragedy, the horror of modern warfare on such a vast and destructive scale, may never scar this dear earth of ours again.

We remember too the fallen of more recent wars and conflicts, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. May they all rest in peace and may we honour their sacrifice by fighting for peace now and forevermore so that no generations in the future have to make the sacrifice that they did.

Taken from From *A Prayer Book for Australia *p. 204:

God of love and liberty,

We bring our thanks today for the peace and security we enjoy,

We remember those who in time of war faithfully service their country.

We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom was won at such a cost.

Make us a people zealous for peace, and hasten that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither learn war any more.

This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world:

Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen



In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

God bless all who have sacrificed their lives for us to live today…


On the Kohima monument is inscribed:

‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.’

My uncle Jim, who I never had the chance to meet, was a merchant navy engineer officer and was killed on the Russian convoy run to Murmansk. His ship was hit by torpedoes.
His mother ‘saw’ him in front of her dripping wet and mentioned it to her sceptical husband - they worked things out after the war that her vision occurred around the time the ship had been sunk.

May they all, of whatever nation, rest in the peace and love of God. Amen.


Carmel this might interest you, this was a memorial ceremony in Murmansk attended by sailors from numerous navies to remember those who sailed in the convoys:-


Jharek - Thanks for that. It has also come to my notice that the Russian authorities have offered medals to those who sailed on the Murmansk and Archangel/Arkhangelsk runs.

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