Remembering the fallen

Candy Bellinger

November 11 is Armistice Day - a chance for all to remember those who have died for their country and honour the sacrifice they made for the nation. Remembrance Sunday, this year falling on November 8, will see ceremonies taking place throughout the UK as wreaths of poppies are laid at memorials in cities, towns and villages.

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The Royal Family will, as always, attend the national ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London and the nation will honour the dead with two minutes' silence at 11am.

Marked by the firing of a gun on Horse Guards Parade at the beginning and end, the silence represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, when the guns of World War I trenches were finally silenced.

However, Remembrance Sunday is a chance to commemorate all those who fought not only during the First World War, but also World War II, the Gulf War and those engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Throughout the country, members of the local armed forces, youth organisations and military cadet forces will attend memorials, along with members of the public come to pay their respects.

Paper poppies will be sold by the Royal British Legion in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day in order to raise money and support for the ex-servicemen, women and families affected by war.

And this year, when the Last Post is played and the veterans lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, will be particularly poignant.

Not only will we think of those who have lost their lives in Afghanistan and those who remain there fighting, but also because this year saw the death of the last remaining survivor of the World War I trenches, Harry Patch.