The two-minute Armistice Day silence – to mark the defining ceasefire of the First World War in 1918 – will be observed today at 11am

 

 

                                                

 

 

Thousands will fall silent to honour fallen war heroes on Armistice Day today.

A service of remembrance involving serving soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will be held at Manchester Cathedral from 10.45am.

The two-minute Armistice Day silence – to mark the defining ceasefire of the First World War in 1918 – will be observed during the service at 11am.

Flags will also be flying at half-mast at town halls and at many public buildings across Greater Manchester as the annual silence is honoured.

This year marks 100 years since the start of the First World War in 1914.

The Lord Lieutenant of Manchester, Warren Smith, will lead civic dignitaries and veterans at the cathedral service.

Soldiers from the regiment, which recruits from across Greater Manchester and suffered losses in both Afghanistan and Iraq, will also parade on the streets.

The 11am silence will be marked with services and parades in towns across Greater Manchester.

In Salford, the mayor will lead an act of remembrance at 11am at the Cenotaph on Chorley Road, Swinton.

Civic leaders, veterans and the public will will join the Royal British Legion in observing a two-minute silence at 11am at Stockport war memorial by the art gallery.

In Tameside, an act of remembrance will be held at 10.55am on the town hall steps in Ashton-under-Lyne. A service and wreath laying will also be held on Godley Hill Road, Hyde, at 10.50am.

Similar services will be held at town halls in BoltonWiganRochdaleOldham andTrafford and in Bury.

The Royal British Legion said it believes that when November 11 falls on days other than Sundays, Remembrance should be brought into the everyday life of the nation.

As a result, many will pause in reflection as businesses, shopping centres, schools – and in their own homes.

At Abraham Moss High School in Crumpsall, pupils will pay their own unique tribute to the nation’s war dead by laying more than 800 handmade poppies to cascade down a hill near to the school building.

Each poppy has the name of a soldier who died in the First World War attached to it after pupils carried out their own research into the conflict.