[Hannah Bicknell | Features Editor]
The eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, marked the day in which the armistice with Germany was signed during the First World War, helping the fighting come to an end. To honour the soldiers that won us our freedom a two minute silence occurred at 11am.
Armistice Day also coincides with Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, all embracing the same ideals. Commemorating the 2,738 service men who died on the last day of war and the many more that preceded them. As The Royal British Legion’ website proclaims:
“The act of Remembrance rightly has a place in – and impact on – our lives, no matter which day of the week it might fall upon.”
In an attempt to embrace this notion, the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Hatfield Town Council Hertfordshire had provided a few events that all locals could attend. These included the Remembrance Sunday service on the 8th November, which took place at 10:45am at the War Memorial opposite Hatfield Train Station. The surrounding lampposts where decorated with large poppies, and large crowds gathered to witness the ceremony. A two minutes silence was held at 11am, and after the commemoration, a church service followed.
Image: Flickr- Elizabeth M (Libookperson)
On Wednesday the 11th November a ceremony took place at the War Graves, Great North Road, just past Hatfield House, at 10:50 am. In 1939 Hatfield House was used as a military hospital, which is why a small section of the nearby park was enclosed as a burial site, and is now used as a place to pay tribute to those who did not survive.
Image: Flickr – UK in Italy
Other not so local services such as those in London, are annually held in Trafalgar Square, which allows members of the public to place poppy petals into the Trafalgar Square fountains following the silence at 11 am. This service was also streamed live on the Royal British Legion website via a webcast.
If you took part and wish to show your appreciation for those fallen, then share your pictures of you wearing your poppy with #2MinSilence to @TridentMediaUK