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Remembrance Day: World commemorates 100 years of Armistice

11th November 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War, Armistice. It is the day commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. The Armistice took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning, the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. Marking the end of four years of war and a victory for the Allies.

One of the main event was held in Paris, France. Over 100 world leaders and dignitaries walked towards the Arc de Triomphe to stand before the grave of the unknown soldier.

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that a gathering of global leaders in Paris could be “a picture of a last moment of unity before the world goes down in new disorder”.

He also, indirectly hit the American president for his ‘America First’ slogan. French president said, “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.”

Prince Charles led U.K in the day of remembrance, laying a wreath on behalf of his mother, Queen Elizabeth. While the Queen watched the ceremony at the Cenotaph Memorial in London from the balcony of Britain’s foreign ministry.

Britain’s royal family was joined by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday to remember those killed and wounded in conflict. Millions fell silent for two minutes to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

The traditional Remembrance Sunday service included the laying of wreaths by other members of the royal family, politicians and the armed forces. It was followed by a “people’s procession”, with 10,000 people expected to stream past the Cenotaph in honour of the war dead.

Remembrance Day services were also held in India. Near about 1.5 million Indian soldiers fought for the UK in the First World War, including Muslims.

Many people, including world leaders shared Remembrance Day messages on social media.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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