Today Is Remembrance Sunday (100th Anniversary Of Armistice Day).
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.). Today marks exactly 100 years since the First World War came to an end.
Remembrance Sunday is held every year on the Sunday closest to November 11. This year the 11th of November is a Sunday.
Prince Charles has been touring some West African countries that contributed troops to the British war effort and he laid wreaths at the National Cemetery, Abuja on Thursday, November 8th, in honour of Nigerian soldiers that died in the First and Second World Wars. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai’s father was among those honoured at the event. General Buratai’s father fought in the Second World War and he passed away earlier this year. Other members of the Royal Family have been visiting other Commonwealth countries that contributed troops to the British war effort in World War 1 and World War 2.
In Nigeria, Remembrance Day was formerly marked on 11 November of every year to coincide with the Remembrance Day (Poppy Day) for the World War II veterans in the British Commonwealth of Nations, but it was changed to 15 January of every year in Nigeria in commemoration of the surrender of Biafran troops to the Federal troops on 15 January 1970 thus signalling the end of the Nigerian Civil War.
Many Nigerian soldiers fought and died during the First and Second World Wars.
Sky News: “Prince Charles lays wreath in Abuja.”
Channels TV News: Prince Charles lays wreath in Abuja
Pictures below: Prince Charles and Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Retired General Mansur Dan Ali, lay wreaths at the National Cemetery, Abuja. This section of the cemetery is partly maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Prince Charles and Nigeria’s defence minister, Retired Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali, lay wreaths at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Names of some Nigerian soldiers that died during the First World War.
The Nigerian National Flag, the Nigerian Defence Flag, The Royal Standard and the British Flag fly above the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Prince Charles arrives the National Cemetery and is introduced to the service chiefs and officials of the Ministry of Defence by the Minister of Defence, General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd.)
General Dan Ali, Prince Charles, Paul Arkwright (UK High Commissioner to Nigeria), the UK Defence Attaché and Nigerian service chiefs.
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