Armed Forces join Defence Secretary to lead Armistice Day commemorations at the Cenotaph

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Image of pipers marching during the annual ceremony in Remembrance of those who died in the First World War in London today (11/11/2023). Photographer: Cpl Tim Hammond - MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

Armed Forces personnel led the commemorations at the Western Front Association’s Armistice Day Remembrance service at the Cenotaph today (11 November).

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps laid a wreath at the annual ceremony in Remembrance of those who died in the First World War.

The service began with a two-minute silence at 1100 on 11 November, marking the exact moment the First World War Armistice came into effect.

The solemn ceremony was accompanied by The Pipes and Drums of The London Scottish Regiment and personnel from all three services: the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

Image of the Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, seen here laying a wreath at the annual ceremony in Remembrance of those who died in the First World War in London today (11/11/2023). Photographer: Cpl Tim Hammond MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

Senior officers and young cadets stood side-by-side as the whole nation came together to commemorate the end of the First World War and remember all those who died in defiance of tyranny in Europe.

A bugler from The Royal Marines Band Service played The Last Post while aviators from The King’s Colour Squadron, Royal Air Force formed a vigil party around the Cenotaph.

The Western Front Association has been organising events on Armistice Day since their formation in 1980 to keep the memory of the First World War alive and to teach future generations of the sacrifices made.

On Remembrance Sunday,

National Service of Remembrance: Sunday 12 November 2023

How you can take part in the commemorations tomorrow (Sunday 12 November 2023).

On Sunday 12 November, the National Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London.

Starting at 11am, the service will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two world wars and later conflicts.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) co­ordinates the event, alongside colleagues from across government, the armed forces and veterans’ organisations.

The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.

Attending in person

No tickets or passes are needed for the event, and the public are welcome to watch the ceremony from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street. However, entry may be limited if the area becomes full. There will be video screens north of the Cenotaph, near the green directly in front of the statue of Field Marshal Montgomery, and in the lay-by outside Dover House (between Horse Guards and Downing Street) and close to the junction of Whitehall Place. There is also a screen south of the Cenotaph on the corner of King Charles Street. 

Space will be available for wheelchair users and other spectators who might find it difficult to view from the general public areas. This area is located on the west side of Parliament Street, close to the junction with King Charles Street. Space in this enclosure will be offered on a first-come, first-serve, basis. One carer or guest per person will also be admitted and a toilet for those with accessibility needs  will be available nearby.

If you are thinking of attending the service in London, please note the event schedule below:

Timings

08:00: Whitehall opens to the public. Space will be limited. Please allow time to clear the police security procedures.

From 10:30: All detachments form up on the Cenotaph.

From 10:50: Participants process out onto the Cenotaph.

11:00: National two-minute silence marked by the firing of guns from King’s Troop on Horse Guards Parade. Cenotaph Service commences.

11:25: Cenotaph Service concludes and the Royal British Legion detachments disperse past the Cenotaph.

Order of March

See this year’s Royal British Legion Order of March for the Cenotaph March Past.

Order of service

See 2023 Remembrance Sunday commemorations: order of service.

Security information

  • There is an extensive policing security operation in place on the day. Please allow plenty of time for clearance through police security checks. 
  • Please do not bring large bags. Those with multiple or complex openings or cases will delay yours and others entry into the public viewing areas. 
  • Please note that the unauthorised use of any drones (including quadcopters/helicopters) in this area and the roads surrounding Whitehall is strictly prohibited at all times.

Travel information

Watching the event from home

  • You can watch the event on television on the BBC, Sky and ITV.
  • Follow DCMS on social media and YouTube for highlights from the Service in London.

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