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Armistice Day: UK holds two-minute silence

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The UK has marked Armistice Day with a two-minute silence, according to BBC news.

This year’s commemorations to remember the war dead involved the recently restored Big Ben striking 11 times.

The silence is held every year at 11:00 GMT on 11 November to mark the end of World War One in 1918.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said that “as we salute our troops” this year, “Ukraine’s fight for freedom” will also be remembered.

Mr Cleverly attended a remembrance service held by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

In a statement issued ahead of his visit, Mr Cleverly said that the work of the “brave men and women who have served to give us peace” has “been shattered by a Russian aggressor”.

“The UK stands steadfast with our friends and allies in defence of freedom and democracy in Ukraine and I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with an historic ally in Paris,” he added.

Mr Cleverly will also meet with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna and the pair will discuss, amongst other issues, the two countries’ support for Ukraine.

Back in the UK, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted a tribute, writing: “Today and forever, we will remember them.”

A number of services have been held across the UK.

In Edinburgh’s Garden of Remembrance, veterans, serving personnel and the public lay wreaths and the city’s famous One O’Clock Gun was fired from the castle.

In London, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer joined veterans and railway staff outside Euston station, while in Staffordshire, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester attended the National Memorial Arboretum Armistice Day Service.

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