Armistice Day

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Remembrance Sunday is the closest to Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, which falls on 11th November.

Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War and the signing of the ceasefire agreement at 11:00am on 11th November 1918. The first formal remembrance event took place in London in November 1919 at the request of King George V, who announced on the 7th November 1919 that a two-minute silence should be observed in order to remember those who fell. He proclaimed that:

‘All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead’.

The first Remembrance Day in Britain and the Commonwealth was held on the 11th of November 1919.

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