What time is the Two Minute Silence for Remembrance Day 2021?

REMEMBRANCE Day was first observed in 1919 to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918.

Now a two minute silence is held at 11am on the same date every year. Here's why…

What time is the two minute silence for Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day – also known as Armistice Day – falls on November 11 every year.

It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.

A two minute silence is held at 11am to remember those who sadly lost their life in all wars.

Remembrance Sunday is also marked each year, this falls on the second Sunday in November.

It also includes a two minute silence to remember the sacrifices made in conflicts.

Why do we hold a two minute silence?

The first two minute silence in the UK was held on November 11, 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.

This was one year after the end of World War One.

He made the request so "the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead".

What events are happening for Remembrance Day in 2021?

Events are being held across the country on Remembrance Day and Remebrance Sunday after coronavirus forced changes to Armistice Day events. in 2020.

In 2020, Remembrance services and events were held with strict social distancing measures in place.

Only members of the Royal Family, international leaders and armed forces veterans were allowed to attend the annual laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph in London.

However Government guidelines in 2021 mean that crowds are allowed back at the Cenotaph on November 14, 2021.

The public can start gathering on Whitehall from 8am – no tickets are required but people are requested to not travel if they have coronavirus symptoms.

Travellers on TfL should still wear face masks.

The Government website suggests that those wishing to attend might like to take a lateral flow test at home beforehand.

Other Covid advice includes wearing a face covering and sanitising after touching surfaces such as handrails.

After being cancelled in 2020, the Festival of Remembrance, held at the Royal Albert Hall, will be going ahead on Saturday, November 13, 2021, with performances at 2pm and 7pm.

Covid status spot checks will be in place on your way into the Hall and those aged 12 and above may be asked for proof of negative lateral flow or PCR test result, or proof of full vaccination.

The Queen, 95, is not expected to attend after being ordered to rest by doctors, however reports claim it is her "firm intention" to attend the Remembrance Sunday event..

When did World War 1 end?

World War 1 came to an end on November 11, 1918, when the armistice was signed by Germany and the Allies at Compiègne, France.

The agreement marked victory for the Allies and a defeat for Germany, although it was not formally a surrender.

The end of the war happened at exactly 11am.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

By the time World War I was over, more than 18 million people had been killed worldwide.

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