Remembrance Day on Sunday 9 November was particularly moving this year as it took place in the centenary year of the start of the First World War.
Morning and afternoon services were held throughout the UK followed by the laying of wreaths. In Ferndown, for the first time, the Dorset Military Vehicles joined the parade which began at 2.30pm with a service at 3pm in St Mary’s Church.
Earlier that day and over 100 miles away, thousands of visitors viewing the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London fell silent at 11am.
Russell Harness from Wimborne, who was there, said, “It was such poignant reminder of over 800,000 British and colonial lives that were lost in the First World War.”
Today (11 November) is Armistice Day and Britain will honour the dead with a two-minute silence at 11am and this will also see the installation of the final poppy at the Tower of London. On 17 July 2014, the first one was planted in the dry moat around the Tower by Yeoman Warder Crawford Butler. The river of red reflects the magnitude of the lost lives.