Remembrance Sunday 2019: When is the two-minute silence today?

REMEMBRANCE Sunday is a time for people to reflect on those who have given their lives for their country during wars and conflicts.

The country pauses at a particular time.

Remembrance Sunday commemorates those who sacrificed their lives serving their country

When is Remembrance Sunday 2019?

Remembrance Sunday is always held on the second Sunday in November every year.

In 2019 it falls on November 10.

It is to remember those people who lost their lives in the two World Wars in the service of their country as well as those who have died in other conflicts.

A National Service of Remembrance is held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall in London.

Members of the Royal Family and the government attend the service alongside representatives from the Armed Forces and the public.

The Queen lays her wreath as she attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall
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Armistice Day is always held on November 11, and marks the end of the First World War.

The day remembers the agreement between the Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918, to stop fighting which marked victory for the Allies and defeat for Germany.

It was signed in Compiegne in Northern France and came into effect at 11am.

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day can fall on the same day.

Why do we wear poppies for Remembrance Day?

In the run up to Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, you will often spot veterans selling poppies at a number of locations across the country.

The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the First World War ended.

Poppies are also used to raise money for servicemen and women who are still alive but whose lives have been changed by war.

The charity that runs the Poppy Appeal is called The Royal British Legion.

A two minute silence is observed at 11am
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What time is the two-minute silence today?

A two minute silence is always held at 11am.

The silence is meant to be a time for people to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

According to reports, in a letter published in the London Evening News on May 8, 1919, an Australian journalist, Edward George Honey, had proposed a respectful silence to remember those who had given their lives in the First World War.

This was brought to the attention of King George V and on November 7, 1919, the King issued a proclamation which called for a two minute silence.


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