Scotland will mark Armistice Day with two-minute 'doorstep' silence

Scotland will fall silent in remembrance of the nation's war dead on Armistice Day today, as the coronavirus pandemic limits public commemorations.

People across Scotland will observe a two minute 'doorstep' silence at 11am in remembrance.
People across Scotland will observe a two minute 'doorstep' silence at 11am in remembrance.

People across Scotland and the rest of the UK have been encouraged to pause on their doorsteps or by their windows for the traditional two-minute silence at 11am today.

The usual public commemorations that are held on this date have been cancelled or limited in numbers in line with coronavirus regulations.

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Each year the two-minute Armistice Day silence marks the end of the four-year conflict, after an agreement between Germany and the Allies took effect at the ‘11th hour of the

11th day of the 11th month’ of 1918.

ScotRail tweeted earlier this morning: “Today is #ArmisticeDay. At 11am, we'll observe a two-minute silence. We invite you to join us at this time, wherever you are on Scotland's Railway.”

Lothian Buses services across Edinburgh will also be observing the two-minute silence, posting on its social media: “Services will stop for 2 mins at 11am today as a mark of respect on #ArmisticeDay for all lives lost in the world wars & subsequent conflicts.

“A number of our colleagues are former servicemen & women; we’d like to take today to thank them also for their service. #LestWeForget”

HM Coastguards from Aberdeen City and Shire said that alongside remembering their fellow coastguards, Armed Forces and volunteers, they will be remembering the Merchant

Navy.

More than 40,000 merchant seamen died in the course of the two world wars as they worked to keep Britain’s supply lines open.

They said: “We honour their memory and salute their courage which is still reflected in today’s Merchant Navy and represented by the Red Ensign which still flies so proudly.”

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