The British Embassy in Tirana held its annual Remembrance Day service at the Commonwealth War Graves. Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Mr. Nicholas Cannon and Defence Attaché Lt Col Richard Parry laid wreaths at the War Memorial. The President of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Bujar Nishani and CHief of Defence Gen Maj Jeronim Bazo also joined the Ambassador in laying wreaths.
The service was attended by representatives of Albanian government and that of the diplomatic corps, alongside members of the public. All participants observed two-minutes silence in honour of those fallen in war. Guests wore the red remembrance poppy, a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
Remembrance Day commemorates British Commonwealth and Allied personnel who lost their lives in the two World Wars of the 20 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.