Nation falls silent to remember war dead as pandemic restricts commemorations

Britain has fallen silent to remember those who died at war as the coronavirus pandemic restricts Armistice Day commemorations. Today marks 100 years since the 'Unknown Warrior' was buried at Westminster Abbey to symbolise all the soldiers whose bodies never returned home. An invite-only service is being held at Westminster and attended by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It comes after the Queen was seen covering her face in public for the first time when she visited Westminster Abbey for a Remembrance Sunday service last weekend. Image: The PM wore a mask as he headed to Westminster Abbey for the service Image: Armistice Day commemorations in Edinburgh Wednesday also marks 100 years since the Cenotaph was unveiled on Whitehall to pay tribute to fallen soldiers who fought in the First and Second World Wars. Advertisement While people usually turn out to lay poppy wreaths on their local war memorials, social distancing restrictions mean these services are considerably restricted this year. Instead people up and down the country were encouraged to stand in silence on their doorsteps or by their windows to curb the spread of COVID-19. More from UK A special Armistice Day service was also held in the House of Commons for the first time, with around 50 of the 650 MPs able to attend with social distancing measures in place. Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle announced the service yesterday, saying: "Pausing for two minutes to remember the sacrifice made by so many brave men and women in faraway places 102 years ago is something we should not give up to this awful virus. Image: Members of the armed forces stood at Penzance station in Cornwall before the wreaths were taken on a train to London for 11am Image: Eric Howden, 76, former member of the Royal Ordnance Corps, in Redcar, North Yorkshire "It is why I wanted this House and its members to have the opportunity to commemorate this moment in the Commons chamber." The traditional two-minute silence is held every year to mark the end of the First World War, after an agreement between Germany and the Allies took effect at the "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918. Commenting on the Unknown Warrior's anniversary, head of the armed forces General Sir Nick Carter said: "The burial one hundred years ago of the Unknown Warrior was a seminal moment for the British people. Image: Johnson Beharry, who received the Victoria Cross, is seen arriving at Westminster Abbey Image: Defence secretary Ben Wallace attended the service in London "To many of those who stood in silence or who made the pilgrimage to Westminster, he was not unknown at all. "His very anonymity meant that he was the father, husband, son or brother who never came home from the war. "Today the tomb of the Unknown Warrior reminds us all that war has a cost and that we should never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our free and open way of life." Let's block ads! (Why?)

Nation falls silent to remember war dead as pandemic restricts commemorations
Britain has fallen silent to remember those who died at war as the coronavirus pandemic restricts Armistice Day commemorations. Today marks 100 years since the 'Unknown Warrior' was buried at Westminster Abbey to symbolise all the soldiers whose bodies never returned home. An invite-only service is being held at Westminster and attended by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It comes after the Queen was seen covering her face in public for the first time when she visited Westminster Abbey for a Remembrance Sunday service last weekend. Image: The PM wore a mask as he headed to Westminster Abbey for the service Image: Armistice Day commemorations in Edinburgh Wednesday also marks 100 years since the Cenotaph was unveiled on Whitehall to pay tribute to fallen soldiers who fought in the First and Second World Wars. Advertisement While people usually turn out to lay poppy wreaths on their local war memorials, social distancing restrictions mean these services are considerably restricted this year. Instead people up and down the country were encouraged to stand in silence on their doorsteps or by their windows to curb the spread of COVID-19. More from UK A special Armistice Day service was also held in the House of Commons for the first time, with around 50 of the 650 MPs able to attend with social distancing measures in place. Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle announced the service yesterday, saying: "Pausing for two minutes to remember the sacrifice made by so many brave men and women in faraway places 102 years ago is something we should not give up to this awful virus. Image: Members of the armed forces stood at Penzance station in Cornwall before the wreaths were taken on a train to London for 11am Image: Eric Howden, 76, former member of the Royal Ordnance Corps, in Redcar, North Yorkshire "It is why I wanted this House and its members to have the opportunity to commemorate this moment in the Commons chamber." The traditional two-minute silence is held every year to mark the end of the First World War, after an agreement between Germany and the Allies took effect at the "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918. Commenting on the Unknown Warrior's anniversary, head of the armed forces General Sir Nick Carter said: "The burial one hundred years ago of the Unknown Warrior was a seminal moment for the British people. Image: Johnson Beharry, who received the Victoria Cross, is seen arriving at Westminster Abbey Image: Defence secretary Ben Wallace attended the service in London "To many of those who stood in silence or who made the pilgrimage to Westminster, he was not unknown at all. "His very anonymity meant that he was the father, husband, son or brother who never came home from the war. "Today the tomb of the Unknown Warrior reminds us all that war has a cost and that we should never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our free and open way of life." Let's block ads! (Why?)