Remembrance Sunday

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

The Sunday around the 11th November is observed as Remembrance Sunday in the UK and other Commonwealth countries. This day remembers those who have lost their lights fighting in the British Armed Forces and the civilians who also lost their lives during these conflicts. The poppy is seen as the symbol of remembrance in the UK, and a national service takes place every year at the Cenotaph on Whitehall. The Queen and other dignitaries lay wreaths of poppies on the war memorial, and a 2-minute silence is held at 11am. It was 11am on 11/11/1918 that the guns stopped to end the First World War. Having traced my ancestry, I have discovered that I lost two great-great-great uncles in WWI and I am sure that almost everyone in the UK has a family member who was involved.

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