Remembrance Day: What is it?

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PoppiesPA
Poppies are worn by millions as a symbol to remember all of the people who have given their lives for their country in war

The UK has come together for Remembrance Day, which is also known as Armistice Day.

A two-minute silence was held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars around the world.

Remembrance Day marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.

Remembrance Sunday is also marked each year, this falls on the second Sunday in November.

How is Remembrance Day marked?

On this day, there are ceremonies at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches throughout the country, as well as abroad.

Members of the Royal Family and politicians attended memorial services.

The anniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars - not just World War One.

This includes World War Two, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Duchess of Cornwall at Westminster Abbey on 11 November 2021PA Media
The Duchess of Cornwall laid a cross amid the poppies at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey, London
Poppy wreaths at the CenotaphPA Media
....and poppy wreaths were laid at the nearby Cenotaph - a war memorial which was put in place at the end of World War One
1st Battalion of The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment march through the streets of LiverpoolPA Media
In Liverpool, 1st Battalion of The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment marched through the streets before the city observed the two-minute silence at 1100

Why do we hold a two-minute silence?

The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.

This was one year after the end of World War One.

He made the request so "the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead".

Cenotaph on 11 November 2021Reuters
People holding poppy wreaths paused to observe a two-minute silence at the Cenotaph in London
England men's football team hold silenceReuters
All over the UK, people fell silent, including England manager Gareth Southgate alongside his players

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