Gordon Brown Attends Remembrance Day Service
Gordon Brown attends Remembrance Day service
The Prime Minister joined the Queen and other members of the Royal family at the national Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph today.
The PM laid a wreath at the Cenotaph to pay his respects to British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.
Members of the Royal family including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, other politicians, religious leaders, veterans and representatives from the Army, the Navy and the Royal Air Force also laid wreaths. This year Prince William laid a wreath for the first time.
The ceremony, which was first introduced in 1921, is held on the Sunday closest to 11 November every year. People gather to pay respect to those who lost their lives defending others and a two-minute silence is observed at 11:00 GMT.
Ceremonies of Remembrance are held across Britain and Commonwealth nations at war memorials. The Cenotaph monument in London is engraved with the words "The Glorious Dead".
Writing in the Telegraph newspaper yesterday, the PM spoke of his admiration for the "courage and dedication" shown by so many throughout various conflicts.