Another Veterans Day ebbs into history. Across the world, veterans, their families, and ordinary people took a moment or more to remember those who served their countries.  At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, people stood silent. This is how Veterans, or Remembrance, Day was commemorated around the world.


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Among thousand others, Princes Charles, Prime Minister Theresa May, and Secretary of Defence Gavin Williamson laid a wreath and paid their respects at the Cenotaph in London. The Cenotaph was erected in 1920 to commemorate the service and sacrifices of those who perished in the First World War. Thousands of civilians and former and current servicemen attended the ceremony and held a two-minute silence. For the first time, a German political leader attended the ceremony.  President Frank-Walter Steinmeier laid a wreath on behalf of his nation as an act of reconciliation between the two nations that were at the forefront of the two World Wars. Meanwhile, the Tower of London was covered in poppies.

In Northern Ireland, a moving ceremony took place on the battlements of the Enniskillen Castle. At the break of dawn, a lone piper played the When The Battle’s O’er tune, a poignant retreat song. Thereafter The Last Post was played with the same bugle that the 36th Ulster Division used on its charge on the first day of the Battle of Somme.



Leaders from more than 70 countries, including U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, congregated in Paris to commemorate Veterans Day.  Led by French President Emmanuel Macron, the luminaries marched to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is housed under the famous Arc de Triomphe, and paid their respects.

In a separate ceremony, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a plaque that signifies the eternal reconciliation between Europe’s two pillars of power.