Remembrance Sunday is held in the UK and the Commonwealth as a day "to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts". It is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918.
Across The United Kingdom, Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in most cities, towns and villages, attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and -women (many are members of the Royal British Legion and other veterans' organisations), members of local armed forces regular and reserve units (Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines and Royal Marines Reserve, Army and Territorial Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Auxiliary Air Force), military cadet forces (Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps as well as the Combined Cadet Force) and youth organisations (e.g. Scouts, Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade and Guides). Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on the memorials and two minutes' silence is held at 11 a.m. Church bells are usually rung half-muffled, creating a sombre effect.
The main service will be held in Whitehall with Her Majesty present along with MP's and representatives from all over the Commonwealth with a March past the Cenotaph by hundreds of ex servicemen and women.
Once again London Taxi driver's known as 'Poppy Cabs" will give up their time for free to transport our war veterans between mainline stations and veteran clubs (Marshal's will be in attendance) to the event in Whitehall. Once the event is over the hundreds of Taxis will be lined up on Westminster Bridge ready and waiting to take the veterans back.
Hats off to all the drivers involved, you do our trade very proud!