Lest we forget

Remembrance service at the Royal Albert Hall 2014

THIS weekend, The Queen will be leading the tributes as the UK pays its respects to those who have fallen in defence of Great Britain during conflict and war. Her Majesty will attend the annual Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at London’s Royal Albert Hall this evening at 9pm (UK time)Saturday, November 7. Then on Sunday 8, during the traditional Remembrance Sunday service in Westminster, She and the Duke of Edinburgh will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph joined by many veterans of campaigns past and present. At first dubbed Armistice Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has now become known as Remembrance Day throughout Commonwealth nations, however in the UK, the focus is on Remembrance Sunday instead. It is also known informally as Poppy Day. Always held on the Sunday closest to 11 November; this year it falls on November 8. Sunday’s service at the Cenotaph, which honours those killed in World Wars One and Two, as well as later conflicts, is going to be shorter than in previous years, in an effort to reduce the amount of time war veterans are made to stand. In a further mark of respect and to help as much as possible: London’s black cab drivers will ferry war heroes to and from veterans’ clubs and Remembrance services in “Poppy cabs” free of charge for the day.

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