Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Remembrance Day in London 2013


One of the most important dates in world history is 11 November. 
At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month the official ceasefire of the First World War was declared. 
The day is known by different names throughout the world - Veterans Day in America, Armistice Day in France, Belgium and New Zealand, and Remembrance Day in most Commonwealth countries. 

I, along with one of my housemate's decided to go to the Trafalgar Square Memorial Service. 

We just made it in time for the minute silence. The service had a great turnout, with hundreds of supporters turning up.




After the silence, people were then welcomed to throw poppies into the fountain. 






Many people elected to throw wreaths with personal messages. This one, from Bromley College Public Services Level 2, reads 'You fought the world to save our country! Which saved our lives. you are heroes, NEVER FORGOTTEN!' 




It is always such a poignant moment to see a crowd of hundreds of people fall silence in remembrance of those who lost their lives protecting us. Even if you do not agree with war -  Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, Veterans Day, whatever you call it, is about remembering those who fought and gave their lives so you could live yours!