The Queen has led the nation in remembering service personnel who have died during conflicts, as Remembrance Sunday services are held around the UK.
A two-minute silence was observed before the monarch laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in central London.
Events are being held across the UK and abroad, including in Afghanistan.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings and the end of Britain’s conflict in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the anniversaries made the commemorations “particularly poignant”.
Elsewhere, other ceremonies included:
In Staffordshire, 2,000 gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum for an outdoor service.
In Kandahar, Afghanistan, a service was held with the remaining British troops in the country.
Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women.
Remembrance Sunday is today Sunday 9 November in 2014.
National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.
The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall is a unique expression of national homage devoted to the remembrance of those who have given their lives in war.
It was originally conceived as a commemoration of the war dead of the First World War but after the Second World War the scope of the ceremony was extended to focus on the nation’s dead of both World Wars, and in 1980 it was widened once again to extend the remembrance to all who have suffered and died in conflict in the service of their country and all those who mourn them.
The service at the Cenotaph is framed to ensure that no-one is forgotten. The wreath laid by The Queen and the other tributes placed on the Cenotaph are dedicated to all who have suffered or died in war.
Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers and certain other Ministers and the Mayor of London are invited to attend the ceremony, along with representatives of the Armed Forces, Merchant Air and Navy and Fishing Fleets, and members of faith communities.
High Commissioners from Commonwealth countries also attend the ceremony and lay wreaths at the Cenotaph.
The service is organised by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Remembrance Sunday always falls on the second Sunday in November.
Future dates are;
8 November 2015
13 November 2016
12 November 2017
Tower of London
You can see now the major art installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat over the summer. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
The poppies encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection.
The scale of the installation reflects the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.
The poppies that make up theinstallation are being sold, to raise millions of pounds which will be shared equally amongst six service charities. To see detailed information see the web site http://poppies.hrp.org.uk/about-the-installation
And a statement from Winston Churchill…….
God Bless the Men and Women that fought, and continue too today to fight, for our FREEDOM.
Treat it not lightly your Freedom and do with it your utmost best…..
Kevin Paul Humphrey
p.s. So proud to be British 🙂