A series of events will take place across the UK to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Here is a look at how some people will mark the centenary of the Armistice.
National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph
The Prince of Wales will once again lead the nation in honouring the country’s war dead during the national service of remembrance. The Queen has asked Charles to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on her behalf – the second successive year he will perform the duty. The Queen will watch from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office building, as she did last year. After Charles has laid a wreath, other floral tributes will be left by members of the royal family, senior figures from the Government, including Prime Minister Theresa May, and opposition party leaders and other figures from national life. For the first time, a German leader will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph, with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier performing the duty on behalf of his nation in a historic act of reconciliation.
A Nation’s Thank You
Families whose ancestors died or were injured in the First World War will be remembering their relatives as they take part in a ‘people’s procession’. A total of 10,000 people, chosen by ballot, will have the opportunity to pay their respects to all those who served in the First World War by taking part in the Nation’s Thank You procession past the Cenotaph.
The Queen, Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, and Harry and Meghan will attend a service at Westminster Abbey. During the day, church and other bells will ring out as they did at the end of the First World War – and a Westminster Abbey service will be held along with others in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, to give thanks for peace and those who returned. During the Welsh Guards’ Regimental Remembrance Sunday, Charles will attend a service in the Guards’ Chapel with service personnel and their families. He will then lay a wreath at the Guards’ Memorial.
Pages of the Sea
Director Danny Boyle is asking people to gather on beaches across the UK on November 11 and etch silhouettes in the sand ‘remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict’. Events will take place at low tide at a number of beaches, including Perranporth in Cornwall, Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, and St Ninian’s beach in Shetland.
Battle’s Over is a series of hundreds of local events to mark the centenary of the Armistice. Pipers will play, beacons will be lit and church bells will ring in all corners of the UK and around the world as communities pay tribute to the First World War fallen. Described as a nation’s tribute, Battle’s Over has been in the planning for four years and will see hundreds of locally-organised events mark the centenary.
National Memorial Arboretum Service
The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is the year-round centre for remembrance for service personnel. It is set in woodlands and gardens and features more than 350 memorials, including the main Armed Forces Memorial. Every year, there is an annual dedication of names ceremony at the forces monument, adding those who have fallen while on active service to its high walls – and a chance for visitors to reflect on the spaces yet to be filled by fresh engravings. The memorial will again be a focus of reflection, with up to 6,000 people expected to gather on Sunday.
The anchor concert will take place at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus, the site of a former military hospital for shell-shocked officers during the Great War, and will include musical performances from George Watson’s College Symphony Orchestra and Scottish fiddlers.