UK marks Armistice Day as it smartly condemns Russia for war in Ukraine | centenary of the armistice

People across the UK will fall silent on Friday to mark Armistice Day – as the Foreign Secretary condemned Russia for bringing war back to Europe.

Poignant services will be held across the country on the anniversary of the end of the First World War, and a two-minute silence will be observed at 11 a.m. to remember those who have died in military conflicts.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are due to attend the Armistice Day service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and services are also taking place in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Portsmouth.

In Edinburgh, Vice President Councilor Lezley Marion Cameron will join veterans, serving personnel and the public to pay their respects at the city’s Garden of Remembrance.

The short outdoor service led by Scotland’s Legion National Chaplain, Reverend Dr Karen Campbell, will be followed by the laying of wreaths before the One O’Clock Gun fires at 11 a.m. from Edinburgh Castle.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will attend a memorial service hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Cleverly stated, “Since 1918, we have celebrated Armistice Day and honored the brave men and women who served to bring us peace. Yet as we salute our troops this year, that peace has been shattered by a Russian aggressor.

“As we honor the war dead of the past, we also remember Ukraine’s fight for freedom today. The UK remains loyal to its friends and allies in the defense of freedom and democracy in Ukraine and I am proud to stand with a historic ally in Paris today.

Cleverly will also meet French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna.

They were to discuss the two countries’ support for Ukraine, joint work to improve energy security and illegal migration, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said.

They will also discuss preparations for next year’s France-UK summit, he added.

The armistice was signed between the allies and Germany in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiègne to end the first world war in 1918.

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