After four brutal years of war and an estimated total of 1,350,000 deceased soldiers and civilians in Great Britain and Ireland, the sun rose to a day of hope and eventual peace for our worn-torn country.
Remembrance Sunday marks the end of hostilities between the Allies and Germany in 1918 with the signing of armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
There will be two minutes of silence on 11th November at 11am to reflect in reverence those who have fallen and the sacrifices made in WW1. As the poet John McCrea notes,
‘In Flanders Fields’,
‘To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.’
There will be another opportunity to bear the torch and pay tribute on Remembrance Sunday 14th November, with ceremonies and gatherings taking place at local war memorials in most cities, towns, and villages around the country.