If the British empire’s dead of the first world war had marched four abreast down Whitehall, the founder of the Imperial War Graves Commission, Sir Fabian Ware, observed some years afterwards, it would have taken them three and a half days, walking day and night, to pass the Cenotaph.
On Sunday, a century after the first world war was finally brought to an end, the Queen, Britain’s political and military leaders and tens of thousands of veterans and members of the public gathered once again in central London to pay their respects to them and the war’s many millions of other casualties, the vast scale of its waste no easier to comprehend now than it was at its conclusion.
At the stroke of 11am, the time the armistice signed by the allied powers and Germany came into effect a century earlier, the dense crowds packed into Whitehall fell absolutely still to observe the two minutes’ silence. (The Guardian News, 11th November, 2018)
Many news outlets reported on the Poppy Appeal and armistice commemorations.
Click here to read coverage from the MOD’s Defence in the Media blog.
Click here to read BBC News coverage.
Click here to read The Poppy Factory’s account of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.