On 13 November 2016, the British Embassy in Tirana held its annual Remembrance Day service at the Commonwealth War Graves. Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Duncan Norman, President of the Republic Bujar Nishani and Chief of Defence Gen Maj Jeronim Bazo laid wreaths at the War Memorial.
The service was attended by representatives of Albanian government and that of the diplomatic corps, alongside members of the public. All participants observed a two minute silence in honour of those fallen in war. Guests wore the red remembrance poppy, a familiar symbol of Remembrance Day. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I.
Remembrance Day commemorates British Commonwealth and Allied personnel who lost their lives in the two World Wars of the 20th century and subsequent conflicts. This date signifies the formal end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.