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Nation falls silent to mark Armistice Day

The nation fell silent to remember the war dead on what could be the hottest armistice day on record.

Poignant services were held across the country on the anniversary of the end of the First World War and a two-minute silence was observed at 11 a.m. to remember those who died in military conflicts.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended the National Memorial Arboretum Armistice Day Service in Staffordshire and services were held in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Portsmouth.

Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer marked the moment outside Euston Station, London (James Manning/PA)

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who said Russia had “broken” the peace by waging war in Ukraine, was in Paris to attend a memorial service hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer joined veterans and railway staff outside Euston station in central London to mark the somber moment.

Salvation Army Captain Michael Kinnear played the Last Post before a two-minute silence was observed.

Leading a prayer for those who gave their lives to defend Britain’s coasts, Euston Station Railway Chaplain Stephen Rowe said: “May we never forget the bravery and sacrifice, faced to formidable obstacles, young and old who have given their all, and the victories they have won. won for our freedom.

A bagpiper plays during an Armistice Day service at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Poppyscotland in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)
A bagpiper plays during an Armistice Day service at the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Poppyscotland in Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

In Edinburgh, the city’s Vice-President, Councilor Lezley Marion Cameron, joined veterans, serving personnel and the public to pay their respects at the city’s Garden of Remembrance.

The short outdoor service led by Legion Scotland National Padre Rev Dr Karen Campbell was followed by the laying of wreaths before the One O’Clock Gun fired at 11am from Edinburgh Castle.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted: “Today and forever we will remember them.”

Earlier Mr Cleverly said: ‘Since 1918 we have celebrated Armistice Day and honored the brave men and women who served to bring us peace.

“Yet as we salute our troops this year, that peace has been shattered by a Russian aggressor.

“As we honor the war dead of the past, we also remember Ukraine’s fight for freedom today.

“The UK stands firmly with our friends and allies in the defense of freedom and democracy in Ukraine and I am proud to stand with a historic ally in Paris today.”

The Met Office said there were “unusually mild” conditions across the UK as it predicted Friday could be the hottest armistice day on record.

Temperatures in all four countries are in the mid-teens.