Armed Forces past and present thanked on Remembrance Sunday

Published: 21 Nov 2016

Members of the Armed Forces joined the National Service of Remembrance in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday (13th November) as Her Majesty The Queen led the nation’s two-minute silence.

Over 700 regular and reserve personnel also attended the traditional service at the Cenotaph in London, alongside prime minister Theresa May, defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, and members of the Royal Family including the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.

Soldiers from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a round from nearby Horse Guards Parade to signal the start and the end of the two-minute silence.

As the artillery noise faded, buglers of the Royal Marines sounded the poignant Last Post, which traditionally signalled the end of a soldier’s day.

Following the ceremony, thousands of veterans from the Second World War and more recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan marched past the Cenotaph.

Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said that although 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of Battle of Jutland and the Somme, it was as important as ever to reflect on the sacrifices of those who continue give their lives defending Britain today.

“We must also remember our heroes from more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he commented.

“Tomorrow, we should reflect on the unparalleled contribution made by the men and women of our Armed Forces.”

He added that the thousands of people currently deployed on 28 operations in more than 25 countries continue to make Brits back home feel safer and more secure.

Remembrance Sunday was marked by Armed Forces around the world, from the Mediterranean - where the Navy is assisting in migrant rescue operations - to Afghanistan,  where the UK is helping to support Afghanistan’s future by helping to train Afghan soldiers.

This year has been particularly poignant for Remembrance Day with large numbers of service personnel taking part in major commemorations, such as the centenaries of the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme.          

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