Two-minute silence marks Armistice Day on 11 November

Ricky finds out what Armistice Day means to people in the UK

Millions of people across the UK fell silent for two minutes at 11am on 11 November to remember all those who've fought and died for their country.

The annual silence is held every year as part of Armistice Day, the formal name for Remembrance Day.

It starts at 11am as that's when the western front line fell silent at the end of World War I in 1918.

People remember veterans from the two world wars and later conflicts, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Royal British Legion, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, held a Silence in the Square event in London's Trafalgar Square.

In Scotland, traffic in Inverness city centre was stopped during the silence for the first time since World War II.

Ceremonies were also held around the UK, including in Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Plymouth and Newcastle.

More on This Story

  • Newsround logoWatch Newsround

    Watch the latest update from Newsround, CBBC's news programme for children.

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.