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Summary

  1. 11 November 2014
  2. Ceremonies around Britain and abroad commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War One
  3. The traditional two-minute silence at 11:00 GMT marked the time when hostilities ended in 1918
  4. Veterans gathered at the Tower of London where 800,000 ceramic poppies have been placed
  5. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and 70 years since the D-Day landings

Live Reporting

By Gerry Holt, Richard Crook, Nigel Pankhurst and Victoria Park

All times stated are UK

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Poppies
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That concludes our live coverage of Armistice Day, which has united the UK in honouring those fallen in conflict. Thank you for joining us and for sharing your comments, pictures and memories.

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Marian: How about spraying the Tower Moat with real poppy seeds before the ceramic poppies are removed. The disturbance to the ground when removing the ceramic poppies will help the real flowers to grow just as in the Flanders Fields. Hopefully this could give us a display for the next four years and more.

The Met Office have published an article online documenting the

important role they played during World War One. It says:

By the end of the war forecasters and observers were to be found working in support of the army on every front. Met Office staff worked on the front line predicting changes in the wind that might indicate the risk of the enemy launching gas attacks. Both sides used gas as a weapon during the war and the forecasters also advised on when conditions were right for the allies to launch gas attacks. It was a highly dangerous role.

The role of the Met Office and the importance of weather information and advice to military operations were considered so critical by the end of the war that the Met Office became part of the Air Ministry which ran the Royal Air Force.

Harry Leslie Smith, RAF veteran

@Harryslaststand

tweets: I remember the grief from the Great War when my family and my community went to the cenotaph in 1928 to remember our dead #ArmisticeDay

General the Lord Dannatt reads out a list of names of some of the fallen soldiers from WWI during a remembrance day ceremony by the near completed ceramic poppy art installation by artist Paul Cummins entitled "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red"
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The poppy field at the Tower of London is a reminder of the powerful role art can play in remembrance, as BBC iWonder shows with

its interactive guide.

Artistic poppies, Guernsey

Artistic poppies next to the WWI memorial in Guernsey, the Channel Islands.
David Gilliver

David Gilliver uses a technique, which involves very long exposure times taken at night, to photograph the poppies next to the WWI memorial in Guernsey, the Channel Islands.

Poppies fall as brokers, underwriters and dignitaries hold a two-minute silence during a Remembrance Day service at the Lloyd's of London building
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Poppies fall as brokers, underwriters and dignitaries observe the silence at the Lloyd's of London building.

D-Day landings
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70 years ago, the D-Day landings marked the beginning of the end for the Nazi occupation across large parts of Europe. BBC iWonder has produced a

timeline of the historic event, as well a guide outlining just
how close it came to failure.

British Embassy, Iraq

@UKinIraq

British Defence Attaché lays wreath at Baghdad's neglected Commonwealth cemetery #Remembrance #NotForgotten
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tweets: British Defence Attaché lays wreath at Baghdad's neglected Commonwealth cemetery #Remembrance #NotForgotten

Soldiers stand among fallen tissue paper poppies during a service at the Lloyd's Building in the City of London
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Soldiers stand among fallen tissue paper poppies during a service at the Lloyd's Building in the City of London.

In Edinburgh, veterans and members of the public paid tribute
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In Edinburgh, veterans and members of the public paid tribute
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In Edinburgh, veterans and members of the public paid tribute.

Armistice Day in Australia

Armadale, Western Australia
Susan Pettigrew

Susan Pettigrew took this photo in Armadale, Western Australia.

This year marks the

100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings and the end of Britain's conflict in Afghanistan.

Armistice Day has been marked on 11 November every year since 1919 - a year after the Allied forces signed an agreement with the Germans that would end WW1.

After the Second World War, commemorations were adapted to honour the fallen of both conflicts, and Remembrance Sunday was established to replace Armistice Day.

From 1995, the British Legion campaigned successfully to restore the two-minute silence to 11 November as well as Remembrance Sunday.

Elsewhere:

  • French President Francois Hollande laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • A memorial service was held in the Afghan capital Kabul for British servicemen killed there
  • In the Belgian town of Ypres there was a special sounding of the Last Post to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1

Here's a reminder of

the morning's events:

  • Ceremonies have taken place around the UK and further afield to mark the anniversary of the World War One armistice
  • In London, a 13-year-old army cadet planted the final symbolic ceramic poppy in the art installation at the Tower of London
  • Services were held in military bases, churches and schools, and a two-minute silence was observed at 11:00 GMT
  • In London, remembrance ceremonies took place at Westminster Abbey, the Cenotaph and Trafalgar Square

Tom Piper, designer of the poppy installation at the Tower of London, told the BBC he thought the sale of the poppies had raised "at least £1m for each of the six charities".

"I'm very thrilled and honoured that it's had such an impact. I don't think we imagined that it could have [raised this amount] when we set out to do it," he said.

Anthony Bagga, Henley College Coventry

Henley College Coventry remembrance commemorations
Anthony Bagga

Anthony Bagga, of Henley College, Coventry took this photo. He said: "Henley College Coventry's Uniformed Services students led our Remembrance Day service this morning in the atrium. Students, staff and nursery children all observed the 2 minute silence. The wreaths laid were made by Uniformed Services students and our nursery children."

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Richard Storrie: My wife and I visited the hulk of the Bodrog, the ship from which the first shots of the First World War were fired by the Austro-Hungarian river fleet into Belgrade, at 11am local time and observed two minutes silence. The Bodrog is tied up alongside the southern shore of the Danube in Belgrade, quietly rotting away.

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Eleanor Thompson: At Oriel College, Oxford, we have held a service beside our war memorial to remember not only the thousands of war dead but especially those undergraduates of the college who served and never returned. Incredibly moving that so many students, staff and tutors came to pay their respects. My great grandfather fought at Gallipoli and on the Western Front, and my great-great uncle was killed exactly a month before the end of the war. I am proud to remember them.

Barbara Windsor at the laying of the final poppy at the art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red"
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Actress Barbara Windsor was at the ceremony for the "planting" of the final ceramic poppy at the Tower of London.

Nuala McCann has written

a piece for BBC Northern Ireland based on a Royal Ulster Rifles soldier's memories of Borneo in the 1960s.

Confetti is released into the air in Liverpool City Centre following observation of two minutes silence
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Confetti is released into the air in Liverpool City Centre following observation of two minutes silence
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Confetti was released into the air in Liverpool City Centre following the silence.

Handout photo issued by the MoD of UK service men and women at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, pausing to pay their respects
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UK servicemen and women at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, paused to pay their respects.

Paul Cummins
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Speaking to the BBC, Paul Cummins, the artist behind the poppy field at the Tower of London, said "the crowd and the people" had left him feeling "slightly emotional".

Asked what he might do to mark the centenary of the end of the war in 2018, he said: "I think I'll sleep first."

Soldiers at the Kendrew Barracks
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Armistice Soldiers gathered at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland to remember their fallen comrades.

Bluewater shopping centre
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Bluewater shopping centre in Kent fell silent with members of the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Royal British Legion. Two local schools stood beside ex-servicemen as the Last Post was played.

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Viv Baker: I am a first generation Canadian, whose ancestors hail from Plymouth and Walthamstow. In fact the wharf that ferries people from Plymouth in Devon to Cornwall is named Shepherds Wharf... after my great-Grandfather. Today I will be remembering my Grandfather Sergeant Edward Edwin Shepherd who was born in Plymouth. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914. He made it through the war, but on September 30th, 1918 he and the 40 troops under his command were snipered while making their way through Cambrai, France... all lives were lost. Today, I am honoured to attend a special exhibit at the Markham Museum near Toronto, which is dedicated to the memory of my Grandfather and two other soldiers who gave their lives in the service of their country.

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Eddie Clarke, Deanshanger: I have just observed the two minute silence alone and thoughtful... My father fought in the first world war and he died in 1953 when I was 2 years old... It is not until recently I learned of this as my mother never spoke about him. But on reflection we must remember all those who served (most of whom are dead now) not just remember those who died at the time. Many more went on suffering for a long time (both physically and mentally)... We owe them all a great debt...

A trumpeter played the Last Post to mark the end of the silence
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A trumpeter played the Last Post to mark the end of the silence.

Passengers observe a two minute silence at York Station to mark Armistice Day
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Passengers observed the at York Station.

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Robin Gibbons: I paused for those minutes after 11. It is a poignant time as both my Grandfathers fought in the WWI, one I knew, my maternal Grandfather who was also wounded at the Somme before returning to active duty as a Royal Sir Corps member mapping above the trenches. I have his flying pennant, compass and binocular as a well as a German helmet he gave me as a small boy. I can just trace the name of the German soldier who owned the helmet, still visible in that thick lead pencil, 'Rosenberg' and a number that I have yet to decipher. I would like to trace him too, obviously a young man who presumably was killed in battle. The next four years will be a very moving time.

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@kellan

tweets: A day to remember that nearly a 100 years ago it was decided that war had become too horrific to continue to happen #ArmisticeDay

Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey
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The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.

RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire
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RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Spean Bridge in the Highland area of Scotland
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Another striking image from Spean Bridge in the Highlands of Scotland.

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Lorraine Ogilby: I work in a Belfast Hospital. Observed the silence by walking out to a corridor on my own and stood quietly looking out a window. No mention of this in work and did not see anyone else observing. I felt very emotional that people just do not seem to mark this as they should. I had two great uncles killed in the war and my grandmother never forgot them.

Alison Seabeck, shadow defence minister

@alisonseabeck

tweets: V moving service in Westminster Abbey to remember centenary of #WWI . Poignancy of echoes of last post played v powerful #LestWeForget

Ed Miliband, Labour leader

@Ed_Miliband

tweets: At 11am we remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country #WeWillRememberThem #TwoMinuteSilence

Nick Clegg, Lib Dem leader

@nick_clegg

tweets: Moving and poignant. Honoured to be part of remembering our fallen servicemen and women at the #TowerPoppies