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Remembrance Sunday & Armistice Day 2020

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This year the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph will be a closed ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there are many ways you can mark the occasion safely, either outdoors, while following social distancing guidance, online or at home. 

Things you can do and watch in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day on the 8th and 11th of November

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On Remembrance Sunday

  • On Sunday 8th November, the closed annual Remembrance Sunday service is expected to take place with representatives of the Royal Family, the Government and the Armed Forces, and a small representation from the Commonwealth, other countries and territories, all laying wreaths at the Cenotaph.

  • The public are urged to remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice marking the national two minute silence at 11:00, as the service is broadcast nationwide on BBC One, Sky and ITV.
  • Watch the live stream of the service at the Cenotaph on the DCMS Facebook page.

On Armistice Day

The Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations, began at 11am on 11th November 1918. “Armistice” is Latin for “to stand (still) arms”.

  • To this day we mark Armistice Day around the United Kingdom with a two minute Silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. This year’s two minute silence will be broadcast on BBC One and other TV channels.
  • Join the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in looking up to the stars at 7pm to remember those who died during the two World Wars. Head to CWGC’s website to name a star after your Commonwealth descendant and help their names #ShineOn
  • IWM’s Annual Remembrance Debate 2020 takes place on Armistice Day bringing together a panel of artists, commissioners and historians who will debate “what is the role of artists in shaping understanding of our history?” It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 22:00.

Learn more about the history of Remembrance and Armistice Day

Further information