Remembrance Day 2014 and WW1 Centenary

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Tuesday 11th November 2014 is Remembrance Day and marks one hundred years since the end of World War One. 

The year 2014 will not only be remembered in UK as the 100th anniversary of the First World War but also as the year of Britain ending the conflict with Afghanistan.

This year various events are taking place across the country and the rest of the world to commemorate the fallen. The popular poppy display at the Tower of London has been partially extended after the memorial attracted millions of visitors. The display of more than 800,000 ceramic poppies will remain in place until the end of November although members of the public have said they’d like them to remain there permanently. The Wave and Weeping Willow segments, which includes the display of poppies as if they are falling from one of the Tower’s windows, will later go on display in London’s Imperial War Museum after touring the country.

Within government the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is also leading plans to build a commemoration fitting of this significant milestone in world history.

The rememberance services were held last Sunday nationwide, as candles were lit and lights were turned off. During the ceremony the Queen, political leaders and Military veterans laid wreaths at the Cenotaph on Whitehall. Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Harry were among the dignitaries to attend a twilight ceremony at the St Symphorien Military cemetery in Belgium.

The Great War will always be remembered as a shocking part of history, evoking strong emotions worldwide.

Dr David McQueen will deliver “How should we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War?” tomorrow at 5.30pm in Dylan’s Kitchen and Bar at Talbot Campus. He will be discussing how the conflict has been represented, or misrepresented by the media and popular culture and how that has been used politically. He will be challenging enduring ideas around the Great War and will be asking how we can best remember the victims.

Trafalgar Square will stage a two minutes’ silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, on Armistice day marking the end of WWI.