Armistice Day wreath-laying ceremony on Penwortham Hill

The nation has paid silent tribute to those who lost their lives in conflict on a coronavirus-hit Armistice Day

Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 1:36 pm
Remembrance Day wreath-laying ceremony on Penwortham Hill
Remembrance Day wreath-laying ceremony on Penwortham Hill

Covid-19 restrictions forced much of the British public to observe the traditional two-minute silence at 11am on Wednesday from their homes this year, but locals in Penwortham ventured out to mark the event.

Our photographer NEIL CROSS was there to watch:

Social distancing and mask wearing was observed on the day

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The small crowd pay their respects on Penwortham Hill
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November
The day marks the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45 am
The cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918
The scene at Penwortham war memorial
Wreaths were laid at the foot of the memorial
Young and old attended the event
One lane was closed to allow the service to go ahead
The date is a national holiday in France, and was declared a national holiday in many Allied nations
However, many Western countries and associated nations have since changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day, with member states of the Commonwealth of Nations adopting Remembrance Day, and the United States government opting for Veterans Day
On 11 November 2018, the centenary of the World War One Armistice, commemorations were held globally
In France, more than 60 heads of government and heads of state gathered at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
The first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace
In Britain, beginning in 1939, the two-minute silence was moved to the Sunday nearest to 11 November in order not to interfere with wartime production should 11 November fall on a weekday