“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow, we gave our today” – John Maxwell Edmonds

The 95th anniversary of the signing of the armistice to mark the end of the First World War was marked in the UK with 2 minutes silence on Monday.

When Big Ben struck 11am, people up and down the country took a few minutes to honour, remember and give thanks to the servicemen and women who have died serving their country in World War One and conflicts since.

The 2-minute silence, observed annually on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, is to commemorate the time that the guns fell silent on the Western Front in 1918, and an armistice was declared. The idea of the 2 minutes silence came about following a suggestion of an Australian journalist in 1919, and has continued ever since.

Sport also paid its respects this weekend, with all Premier League, Football League and the home nations rugby union sides all teams displaying a poppy on their shirt, as well as holding their own impeccably observed 2 minute silence before kick-off.

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