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Armistice Day: Silence falls across the Isle of Man in memory of the war dead

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Image caption This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One

More than 100 people gathered at the War Memorial in Douglas to pay their respects on Armistice Day.

A two-minute silence was observed by veterans, local dignitaries and members of the public.

In strong winds and against a backdrop of crashing waves, wreaths were laid at the foot of the memorial on Douglas promenade.

Among those to pay their respects were the Mayor of Douglas Stan Cain and Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood.

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Image caption Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood laid a wreath

Armistice Day is observed on the 11th day of the 11th month each year to mark the anniversary of when World War One ended in 1918.

It is also used to remember all of those who have died in conflicts ever since.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings, and the end of the UK's combat operations in Afghanistan.

After World War Two, memorials were adapted to honour the fallen of both World Wars, and Remembrance Sunday was established alongside Armistice Day.

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

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Image caption More than 100 people gathered at the War Memorial in Douglas

Several gatherings were held around the island to mark the day.

The Isle of Man National Service of Remembrance was held at the Royal Chapel of St John's on Sunday.

During the course of World War One, 1,165 Manxmen were killed at a time when the island's population was 50,000.

Official records show that 8,261 men enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the Isle of Man's male population of military age.


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