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Armistice Day: Silence in the Square to honour the fallen

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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Since 1919, on every 11 November a two-minute silence has been observed across Britain, parts of Europe and the Commonwealth to mark the armistice which ended the first world war.

This year remembrance ceremonies took place across London. We went down to Trafalgar Square where The Royal British Legion were hosting Silence in the Square.

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Kellie Shirley at Silence in the Square

Kellie Shirley at Silence in the Square

During this year’s event Robert Glenister and Kellie Shirley, who are currently starring in Great Britain at the Haymarket, both read a reading during the run up to the 2 minutes silence.

Kellie read a moving poem called Lamplight by May Wedderburn Canaan, written in December 1916.

Robert read a letter by Gunner Wilfrid Cove written to his wife Ethel on Tuesday 14th November 1916.

 

Robert Glenister at Silence in the Square

Robert Glenister at Silence in the Square

Ben Shephard hosted the proceedings which also included musical performances from the London Welsh Male choir, NZ operatic trio Sol3 Mio and country group The Shires.

 At 11am a lone bugler marked the start of the silence by playing The Last Post.

Following this poppy petals were thrown into the fountain to mark the end of the silence.

Silence in the Square was an incredibly moving tribute to those who have fallen and those who live on.

Robert Glenister, Ben Shephard and Kellie Shirley

Robert Glenister, Ben Shephard and Kellie Shirley

For more information on the work The Royal British Legion does see here.

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