Britain will go silent on Thursday to commemorate the nation’s war dead.
Armistice Day was interrupted last year and many remembered the nation’s war dead from home when they were encouraged to stay there to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
This year, with no more restrictions, the nation can observe the two-minute silence at 11 a.m. together.
Every year, the two-minute minute’s silence marks the end of the four-year conflict of 1918, in which an agreement between Germany and the Allies was reached “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will attend the 93rd Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey to pay her respects and observe the silence.
At the same time, a single gun will fire from Edinburgh Castle before local city government officials meet with members of the armed forces to lay wreaths at the Scott Monument.
In London, hundreds of wreaths will travel to key locations around the country and seas in places like the Falkland Islands as part of The Veterans Charity’s Poppies to Paddington and Routes of Remembrance campaigns.
One of the wreaths has already toured the UK and will travel up the Thames on Thursday before being taken aboard HMS Belfast, a surviving WWII Navy warship, and to the Tower of London.
Ahead of Armistice Day, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer paid tribute to the fallen heroes and those who continue to serve in the armed forces.
He said: “In a year where the British Armed Forces have shown remarkable courage to save lives in the evacuation of Kabul, it is important that we show how grateful we are for your sacrifice and for all that you have done have and continue to do to protect us.
“Every year we move a step further away from the wars of the last century, in which our armed forces and those who kept the house fires burned sacrificed so much.
“Remembrance is always a humbling time of year because, like all of us, I reflect on our country, our way of life, our values and our democracy being hard won by Britain and our allies, to the point of end of life and life changing sacrifices, with it we can enjoy the freedoms we live by every day.
“We’ll remember you.”
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