The country is set to fall silent at 11am today to mark Armistice Day (Picture: North News / Reuters / PA / AFP)
Stunning and creative images have emerged of the country swathed in poppies in remembrance of the nation’s war dead.
Communities across the UK have created poppy displays out of wool and drinks bottles, mostly hand-crafted to mark Armistice Day.
It comes as the nation will fall silent at 11am for two minutes in memory of those lost during World War One.
The two-minute silence each year marks the end of the four-year conflict in 1918, where an agreement between Germany and the Allies was made ‘on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month’.
Last year Armistice Day was disrupted by the second coronavirus lockdown as people were told to stay at home.
But now with no restrictions in place, people can come together to mark a day of remembrance.
This year marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion and the poppy fund, which was set up in the years after the war to help veterans and their families.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will attend Westminster Abbey in London for the 93rd Field of Remembrance to pay her respects and observe the silence.
Artists Paul Cummins MBE, left, and designer Tom Piper stands in front of their sculpture of poppies in Greater Manchester (Picture: SWNS)
Star of David crosses with poppies on are laid by Poppy Factory volunteers outside Westminster Abbey (Picture: REX / Shutterstock)
Ex-RAF medic Christy Cox has created a beautiful ‘weeping willow’ out of poppies in Swansea, Wales (Picture: Joann Randles / Cover Images)
Rows of poppies on crosses are laid out in the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey in central London (Picture: PA)
A man walks past a ‘River of Poppies’ made by members of St. Mary’s Bletchley Church, in Milton Keynes (Picture: Reuters)
Church members and people in the community helped create the gorgeous cascade (Picture: Reuters)
Gravesend’s Community Square features thousands of individually crocheted poppies (Picture: REX / Shutterstock)
Rows of crosses with poppies are laid out to make a field of Remembrance beside Westminster Abbey (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Lay minister of the Diocese of Portsmouth, Dr Coleen R Jackson, stands among a cascade of hand-crafted poppies (Picture: Solent News)
A single gun will also fire from Edinburgh Castle before officials and members of the Armed Forces will lay wreaths at the Scott Monument.
Hundreds of wreaths are travelling to London from across the country and seas, from locations including the Falkland Islands, as part of the Poppies to Paddington and Routes of Remembrance campaigns by The Veterans Charity.
One of the wreaths has toured the UK and is now making its way up the Thames before being carried on board HMS Belfast, a surviving World War Two Navy ship, and taken to the Tower of London.
Ahead of Armistice Day, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: ‘In a year which saw British forces show remarkable bravery to save lives in the evacuation of Kabul it is important we show how grateful we are for your sacrifice and for everything you have done, and continue to do, to keep us safe.
‘As every year passes we take one step further away from the wars of the last century where our armed forces, and those who kept the home fires burning, sacrificed so much.
‘Remembrance is always a humbling time of year, because I reflect, as we all do, that our country, our way of life, our values and our democracy are hard fought for, by the UK and our allies, through life-ending and life-changing sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we live by every day.
‘We will remember them.’
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