UK Remembrance Day 2013:British heroes of the commemorated / UK News


Silence fell over the UK today as the nation stopped to remember its war dead to mark Armistice Day.

Acts of remembrance have taken place across the country, including a service at the national Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire.

The last surviving First World War widow, Dorothy Ellis, was among the guests at the outdoor event.

The memorial bears the names of more than 16,000 fallen service personnel.

The event took place within the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial, which is designed to allow a shaft of sunlight to dissect its walls hitting the bronze wreath sculpture when the two minutes silence takes place.

Services held in the capital included one at the Lloyd’s of London market in the City attended by the Chelsea Pensioners, and another in Trafalgar Square, featuring musical performances and readings

The UK Observes Remembrance Sunday
The UK Observes Remembrance Sunday

Also this morning the funeral service took place of Harold Percival, a wartime airman who died in October aged 99 with no close friends or relatives.

Following an internet campaign, hundreds of people attended the service at Lytham Park Crematorium, Lytham St Annes, in Lancashire.

Elsewhere, the the Duke of Edinburgh is travelling to Belgium to honour troops who fell at some of the First World War’s deadliest battles.

He will take part in the Last Post ceremony in Ypres, where he will collect soil from Flanders Fields for a memorial garden at the Guards Museum in London.

Remembrance Sunday
Remembrance Sunday

The 92-year-old Duke will arrive at the Menin Gate memorial with Prince Laurent of Belgium to be greeted by members of the Last Post Association, which founded the daily ceremony to remember the war dead in 1928.

Philip will be joined by the minister-president of Flanders and the Belgian defence minister as the Band of the Coldstream Guards perform a royal salute.

During the ceremony, the Last Post – a bugle call played as the traditional final salute to fallen troops – will be sounded before a minute’s silence is held.

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