Remembrance in London 2016

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Remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars and all who have died in combat since, with commemorative events across London.

Armistice Day Events

Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day or sometimes Poppy Day, is commemorated every year on 11 November.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare during the First World War. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence at 11am every 11 November, to remember those who lost their lives during the First World War as well as in more recent conflicts. From 2014 to 2018, this day takes on added significance as it marks the centenary of the First World War.

The special Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square takes place on 11 November, with music, readings and the two-minute silence led by The Royal British Legion from 10am until 11.15am.

Remembrance Sunday Events

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November (13 November in 2016). Various concerts, church services and commemorative events take place across London on this day to remember the men and women who gave their lives in combat.

Every year on Remembrance Sunday, a service and parade takes place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall which is attended by the Queen as well as politicians and military representatives. The parade and commemorations in London may result in road closures. For the latest travel news, see the Transport for London website.

You can attend a ceremony of remembrance at 11am in the Imperial War Museum London’s atrium on both Armistice Day (11 November) and Remembrance Sunday (13 November), where you can also find out more about the wars and their impact through the museum’s extensive collection and exhibitions.

For more information on Remembrance, Remembrance events or to make a donation, visit the British Legion website.


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