11 November 2015 marks the 97th anniversary of the ceasefire that brought World War I to an end after four years of millions of deaths and conflict.
The Western Front Association’s annual remembrance service at the Cenotaph in London attracted large crowds to the monument unveiled 95 years ago in Whitehall in memory of Britain’s dead.
The Guard of Honour this year was drawn from the Royal Gurkha Rifles, which represented all the soldiers of Britain’s former Indian army and their actions at Aubers Ridge, Neuve Chapelle, Gallipolli and Festubert.
President Hollande led France’s national tribute at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to those who died in the Great War and following conflicts.
At the Menin Gate in Ypres, a special Last Post ceremony took place at 11am marking the time the guns fell silent in 1918.
At the Australian War Memorial, nearly 4,000 people braved heavy rain in Canberra to go to the national remembrance ceremony. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall participated, joined by Sir Peter Cosgrove – Australia’s Governor-General – and Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull.
As part of the Armistice Day commemorations in Wellington, New Zealand, ferns were laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
In Canada, people gathered in remembrance in Ottawa at the National War Memorial. Veterans Day commemorations in Kansas City have been held at America’s National World War I Museum.
In South Africa, Armistice Day commemorations took place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and the Johannesburg Cenotaph.
Following World War II, the focus of Britain’s national commemoration had changed to Remembrance Sunday, the nearest Sunday to 11 November.
The Western Front Association now converges every year at the Cenotaph on Armistice Day, except when Remembrance Sunday is on the 11th of November, to remember everyone who fought from 1914-1918.
In recent years, the ceremony has captured increasing public interest. Following Prime Minister David Cameron’s attendance in 2014, guests at this year’s Armistice Day included Tom Watson and Maria Eagle.