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UK armed forces commemorate Remembrance Sunday

From Scotland to Sierra Leone, members of the armed forces in UK and around the world came together to remember the fallen.

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Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London [Picture: Sergeant Pete Mobbs RAF, Crown copyright]
Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London

Remembrance Sunday holds a special significance to all members of the armed forces. Yesterday members of all 3 services paid their respect to the fallen.

This year was especially poignant as it marks 100 years since the start of World War 1, a war from which the remembrance tradition was born.

Brigadier Steve McMahon
Brigadier Steve McMahon pays his respects to the fallen at the Freetown King Tom Cemetery in Sierra Leone [Picture: Craig Mowat, Crown copyright]

Out in Sierra Leone UK services deployed in the fight against Ebola paused briefly to reflect. These included troops in the capital Freetown and those on board RFA Argus.

In Afghanistan Prince Harry attended the remembrance service at Kandahar Airfield, where some of the few remaining UK troops are now based.

Prince Harry
Prince Harry lays a wreath on Remembrance Sunday in Kandahar [Picture: Corporal Andrew Morris RAF, Crown copyright]

He laid a personal wreath as a tribute to the 453 men and women who have given their lives in the conflict.

There were also services around the UK, including Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff, and at RAF, Army and Naval bases.

Soldiers from The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Remembrance Sunday parade through Glasgow [Picture: Mark Owens, Crown copyright]

And in central London the Queen, members of the royal family, politicians, service chiefs and representatives of countless other organisations laid wreaths and the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

Published 10 November 2014