1943, War stops Cenotaph Armistice Day service

IN 1943, at the height of the Second World War, the King decided that the usual service at the Cenotaph would not be held.

A Home Office statement said that: “the Government felt that in present circumstances it would be preferable that other large services, which it has been the custom to hold throughout the country on Armistice Day, should not be held.”

In view of the risk of confusion with the air-raid warning signals, it added, it would not be possible to signal a two-minutes silence as was done before the war.

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