UK marks Armistice Day as Cleverly condemns Russia over Ukraine battle | Armistice centenary

Folks throughout the UK will fall silent on Friday to mark Armistice Day – because the international secretary condemned Russia for bringing again battle to Europe.

Poignant providers will probably be held nationwide for the anniversary of the tip of the primary world battle, and a two-minute silence will probably be noticed at 11am to recollect those that have died in army conflicts.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are because of attend the Nationwide Memorial Arboretum Armistice Day service in Staffordshire and providers are additionally being held in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Portsmouth.

In Edinburgh, the depute lord provost, councillor Lezley Marion Cameron, will be a part of veterans, serving personnel and the general public to pay tribute on the metropolis’s Backyard of Remembrance.

The brief open-air service led by the nationwide padre of Legion Scotland, Rev Dr Karen Campbell, will probably be adopted by the laying of wreaths earlier than the One O’Clock Gun fires at 11am from Edinburgh Citadel.

The UK international secretary, James Cleverly, will attend a remembrance service hosted by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, in Paris.

Cleverly stated: “Since 1918 now we have marked Armistice Day and paid tribute to the courageous women and men who’ve served to present us peace. But as we salute our troops this 12 months, this peace has been shattered by a Russian aggressor.

“As we honour the battle useless of the previous, we additionally keep in mind Ukraine’s struggle for freedom as we speak. The UK stands steadfast with our buddies and allies in defence of freedom and democracy in Ukraine and I’m proud to face shoulder to shoulder with an historic ally in Paris as we speak.”

Cleverly can even meet the French international minister, Catherine Colonna.

They have been anticipated to debate the 2 international locations’ help for Ukraine, joint work to enhance vitality safety and unlawful migration, the International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace stated.

They’d additionally focus on preparations for subsequent 12 months’s UK-France summit, it added.

The Armistice was signed between the allies and Germany in a railway carriage within the forest of Compiègne to finish the primary world battle in 1918.