Nation gets ready for today’s two A FINAL SALUTE TO OUR FALLEN HEROES
BRITAIN will fall silent for two minutes at 11am today to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of a war that claimed 9.7 million lives.
The final major commemoration of The Great War begins five hours earlier, as pipers play the Scottish lament Battle’s O’er at some 2,000 locations worldwide.
At 12.30pm, church bells will ring out across the nation in a poignant echo of the sense of relief felt in 1918 when the horror ended.
In the evening, the Last Post will be sounded by 1,200 buglers before Beacons of Light are lit from Land’s End to John O’groats at 7pm, symbolising an end to the darkness.
Yesterday Lucy Attrill, 14, moved an audience to tears at London’s Royal Albert Hall as she recited her poem to honour Britain’s 885,000 First World War dead.
The Queen, Charles, Camilla, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan were watching as Lucy said: “Thank you. You left your life behind, your wife, your children, everything.
“But your luck was not so kind. If you hadn’t given your life in France, if you hadn’t stepped on that train, your boys might have had a father but our world might not be the same.”
Birmingham schoolgirl Lucy’s greatgrandfather George Attrill was in the Royal Navy during both world wars. He was too old for active service in WW2 but served on a hospital ship, which was bombed. He died in 1953, aged 66.
Another spine-tingling moment came as Harry and Meghan’s wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-mason played Hallelujah as images of the trenches were projected on to gauze screens.
Sir Tom Jones and Sheridan Smith also performed and the finale saw thousands of poppies fall from the roof.
Earlier, Harry laid a wreath at Twickenham before England’s narrow rugby defeat to New Zealand.
Yesterday also saw the end of The Long Walk Home, in which 100 veterans took four days to trek 100 miles to London’s Cenotaph from the battleground of Ypres in Belgium.
Among the walkers was Pete Barron, 63, a former Lieutenant Colonel with the Royal Corps of Signals for 38 years.
Pete , from Ludlow, Shropshire, was carrying the medals of his