Armistice Day , on November 11, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on November 11, 1918. Prince Harry will lead the UK’s Armistice Day remembrance services when he lays a wreath at the National Memorial Arboretum on Friday. The 32-year-old is to attend a service of remembrance at the armed forces memorial with representatives from the army, navy and RAF. Harry will give a reading during the service before inspecting the names on the memorial’s towering Portland stone walls. The memorial, part of the arboretum in Staffordshire, honours the 16,000 British servicemen and women who have died on duty or as a result of terrorism since 1948. It is designed so that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month a shaft of sunlight streams through the walls and illuminates the central bronze wreath sculpture.
Harry, who left the army last summer after 10 years as an officer, during which he was deployed twice to Afghanistan, will take the salute from the hundreds of serving personnel and armed forces veterans taking part in the march-past after the service. The prince has continued his association with the military since leaving, most notably in his work supporting the nation’s injured, sick and wounded servicemen and women and veterans through a number of projects including his Invictus Games.
On Thursday, he visited Westminster Abbey’s field of remembrance to lay small wooden crosses with his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.
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