On Sunday 11th November 2018, the nation commemorated Remembrance Day – recognising the sacrifice made by so many men and women during war.
This year, the event took on an additional poignancy as the nation marked 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, which ended the war on the Western Front at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.
“On the Centenary of the Armistice, we came together as a nation to stand in silence and honour the fallen of all conflicts. Over the years we have told the story of the First World War and the unique generation who served so bravely and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. On Sunday, we also gave thanks for all those that returned and the peace they fought so hard for.”
Jeremy Wright, Culture Secretary
On the morning of Remembrance Sunday, Lion Yard welcomed the local Salvation Army Band to its central atrium – the sounds of the brass band causing much attention from visitors.
Lion Yard’s Centre Manager, Roger Allen, read the Exhortation, followed by a lone bugler playing the Last Post. A two-minute silence was then observed at 11am. Lion Yard’s stores were closed until 11.05am.
The event saw hundreds of visitors lining the shopping centre’s malls and, apart from some barely audible ambient noise, an evocative quietness filled the centre. Roger Allen commented: “I’ve never experienced a shopping centre stay so quiet during an observed silence.”
After the commemoration, shoppers took to social media to comment: “it was so lovely” and “it was very emotional.”
Mr Allen said: “It was extremely touching to see so many people attend our event on Sunday. Having served in the military myself for 15 years, I have first-hand experience of the sacrifice made by so many for their country. We were honoured to be able to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice at Lion Yard.”