Trafalgar Square Comes to a Standstill as Nation Marks Armistice Day
The Legion hosted a Remembrance service in Trafalgar Square for Londoners to pay their respects
LocationTrafalgar Square, London
The Royal British Legion’s Silence in the Square was once again the focal point for those wishing to collectively mark the Two Minute Silence in London today, as an estimated crowd of 5,000 paused to mark Armistice Day and reflect on the service and sacrifices made across all generations of the British Armed Forces.
At 11am and with Big Ben marking the time, complete silence fell in Trafalgar Square, as even the traffic surrounding one of London’s busiest tourist sites was stopped for two minutes. Motorists turned off their engines and stepped out of their vehicles to stand and show their respect for the fallen.
The event, which is now in its ninth year, provides the general public with a collective place to participate in the Two Minute Silence at 11am. The poignant moment was preceded by musical performances from the UK’s best-selling classical artist Russell Watson, soprano Laura Wright and the singing sensations from Britain’s Got Talent, Vox Fortura. This was accompanied by readings from actors Charlie Clements and Sophie Thompson.
Hosted by Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard, the event concluded as the crowds were invited to place poppy petals in the Trafalgar Square fountains as a symbolic act of Remembrance.
The Royal British Legion’s Head of Remembrance, The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch KCVO, said: “This year The Royal British Legion is inviting the public to ‘Rethink Remembrance’ as we know most commonly people associate the poppy and remembrance with the First and Second World War and elderly veterans. Whilst we will always remember them, we are asking the nation to also think about a new generation of veterans who need your support.
“When you pause to remember this Armistice Day during the Two Minute Silence we ask that you recognise the sacrifices of all generations of the British Armed Forces who have served to defend the freedom we enjoy today.”
The Legion’s Rethink Remembrance campaign has highlighted individuals and families from across the generations of the Armed Forces community who have received the charity’s support, as well as older veterans. The money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to the Legion’s work providing support to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.