Queen Elizabeth II Honors Fallen Soldiers on Remembrance Day

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 03:58 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Queen Elizabeth II and thousands in Great Britain paused Sunday for two minutes of silence to honor those who died in combat as part of the country’s annual Remembrance Day celebration.

The queen placed a wreath on the Cenotaph war memorial in London as “The Last Poet” was trumpeted to honor those who have died in conflicts from World War I and since, The Associated Press reported. The ceremony began after World War I, taking place on the Sunday closest to the end of that war, which was Nov. 11, 1918.

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Over the years, it has also come to include anyone who died in combat in other engagements, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

On an Afghanistian visit, Prince Andrew and Defense Secretary Philip Hammond laid wreaths at a Camp Bastion memorial.

"We are not just remembering the millions of people who gave their lives in the two world wars but all those who have since died in the service of our country," AP reported Hammond said.

Many take Remembrance Day, also called Armistice Day, seriously, and a Labour member of Parliament complained that Google’s UK page didn’t treat the occasion with the seriousness it deserved, The Telegraph said.

MP Gerry Sutcliffe complained the small red poppy, which is the symbol of Remembrance Day, placed on the UK Google page was not significant enough for the occasion’s importance, the Telegraph said.

“Around Remembrance Day it is demeaning not to have something that is spectacular,” Sutcliffe told The Telegraph.

Google defended its position on the small red poppy, which was placed just under the search bar area. “We try to be sensitive that a doodle is sometimes not the most appropriate way to recognise certain events, especially those that are more somber in nature,” a company spokesperson told the Independent.

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