On the second Sunday of November, Remembrance Sunday takes place annually to commemorate service members who have died in wars and military conflicts since WWI.
The Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of WWI as a prelude to peace negotiations, began at 11am on 11th November 1918.
To mark this, a year later in 1919 King George V requested that the country pause in a two-minute silence to acknowledge and remember the war’s fatalities. Since that moment, the two-minute silence became an integral part of Armistice Day events that occurred annually until the outbreak of WWII in 1939, when it was decided to not be held that year.
Instead, it was decided during the span of the war there would be a ‘day of dedication’ on a proximate Sunday to Armistice Day. After the conclusion of WWII, Armistice Day was officially replaced with the new Sunday observance to honour participants in both World Wars, from then on known as Remembrance Sunday.
In 1956 the day was fixed as the second Sunday of the month. In recent years Armistice Day has been revived as an additional occasion for reflection, though Remembrance Sunday remains the main day of commemoration.