laying_of_first_wreath_1919The Remembrance Day Service

Since 1919, at 11am on the Sunday nearest to 11th November, an annual Remembrance Service has been held at the Cenotaph to commemorate the many British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the First and Second World Wars and later conflicts.

The service has changed little since it was first introduced. Hymns are sung, prayers are said and a two minute silence is observed. Official wreaths are laid on the steps of The Cenotaph. The ceremony ends with a march past of war veterans.

The idea of this service and march past soon caught the public imagination. War memorials sprang up in every city, town and village to commemorate local men who had died. They are found not only in Britain but in Commonwealth nations as well; an exact replica of Lutyens' Cenotaph stands in Canada.

11th November 2009 will mark the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day.