A Nation’s Thank You – the People’s Procession, 11th November 2018
With the Armistice Centenary on November 11 coinciding with Britain’s Remembrance Sunday, the traditional ceremony at the Cenotaph will conclude with an expanded march-past.
The service itself will follow traditional lines to respect its wider purpose of remembering the fallen of all conflicts.
Centenary update: A ballot was held in summer 2018 for tickets to take part in a ‘People’s Procession’ marking the Armistice Centenary. This ballot is now CLOSED. Official information can be found on the UK Government’s Armistice 100 website.
As part of the day’s commemorations, Britain and Germany are joining in a call for bells of all kinds to be rung globally (at 12.30hrs GMT/13.30hrs CET/12.30 local time) to replicate the outpouring of relief when the guns fell silent. The US Centennial Commission has already made a similar appeal to Americans.
Britain’s church bells, which had largely been silenced during the Great War, started ringing out in celebration as news of the Armistice spread.
“On the centenary of the Armistice, it is right that we come together to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today,” UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright says.
Armistice Day 2018 will conclude with remembrance services in London (at Westminster Abbey), Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast, giving thanks for peace and those who returned from the Great War a century ago.