United in standstill, the nation remembers those who risked their lives in conflict for the 100th commemoration of Armistice Day.
It is a time when The Royal British Legions asks everybody to put everything down for two minutes and remember those fallen and praise the brave servicemen and women for the sacrifices they have made.
“Lest we forget – this moment is ours.”
Let’s break the silence
on the 2 minute silence
It’s not about which side of the argument you side with. Think of it as an act of kindness.
So at 11am on 11/11, let us choose to unite.
Lest we forget – this moment is ours. pic.twitter.com/angaqnvQcP
— Royal British Legion (@PoppyLegion) November 11, 2019
The annual occasion marks the armistice agreed by allies of WWI and Germany on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” To honour the date, up and down the country people bow their heads in silence for two minutes to commend those in and affected by the services.
Tributes were held across the country: Prime minster Boris Johnson attended a service in Wolverhampton, while leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn attended a service in Islington – the constituency seat he hopes to hold onto when the country goes to the polls in December.
Honoured to meet Fred Bunce, Korean war veteran, at a service in Wolverhampton this morning. Fred continues to serve his community with the Royal British Legion. Today we remember all those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. #ArmisticeDay pic.twitter.com/XIoPRRR3KG
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 11, 2019
At Islington's #RemembranceSunday service I read 'In the Trenches' by Isaac Rosenberg.
He was a working class Jewish soldier, born in Bristol, who wrote poems on the Western Front. He was killed in 1918.
In his memory and for all those who died, we strive for a peaceful world. pic.twitter.com/7tts8W2LKW
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 10, 2019
This is the first time Armistice Day has occurred during an election campaign.
Words: Dan Branston l Photo: Veronica Ivanov on Unsplash