Colleagues of Commonwealth countries observe Remembrance Day annually as a mark of respect to colleagues of the armed forces who have died in military conflicts. The tradition was acquainted by King George V in 1919 after the end of World War One as a thank you to the estimated 19 million woman who lost their lives. Theresa May today join other European heads in laying wreaths on the graves of British soldiers killed in the global clash in St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Mons.
Her visit comes two days in advance the Armistice Centenary on Sunday.
When did World War One end? What is Armistice Day?
Reminder Day, held annually on November 11, originated as day of commemoration from Armistice Day, held on the yet date.
Fighting in World War One formally stopped at 11am on November 11, 1918 when an armistice was flagged by the Allies and Germans in France.
The peace agreement took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”.
That means this Sunday at 11am it inclination be exactly 100 years since the end of the World War One.
To mark the centenary, a Country-wide Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
Starting at 11am, the utilization will pay tribute to British Commonwealth military and civilians who have last resting-placed in both World Wars and other conflicts.
A Royal British Legion aloofness will march out from Wellington Barracks at 10am.
The two-minute silence at 11am pass on start after the firing of guns for King’s Troop on Horse Sentries Parade.
Where else observes Armistice Day?
Armistice Day is a national celebration in France and Belgium.
For many countries, like Britain, Armistice Day corresponds with Remembrance Day.
Germany does celebrate the national memorial day but cases its own day of mourning called Volkstrauertage on the Sunday nearest to November 16.
Denmark, Netherlands, Spain and Norway do not reverence Armistice Day as they remained neutral during World War One.
In the United Testifies, American have their own day for veterans called Memorial Day.
This consumes place on the last Monday of May every year.