Lothians fall silent in tribute to war dead

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Edinburgh fell silent today as the people of the Lothians paid tribute to the millions of British servicemen and women who have died in conflict since the start of the First World War 100 years ago.

Since last year’s Armistice Day, another seven members of the British armed forces have died in service - including five who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in April.

A number of events took place on Sunday to remember those who died. Picture: SNS

A number of events took place on Sunday to remember those who died. Picture: SNS

People of the Lothians joined those across the UK in observing the silence in rememberance of those lost.

Richard Hughes, of the Western Front Association - which organises the Annual Service of Remembrance at London’s Cenotaph, said this year’s commemorations were not just about the end of the First World War.

He said, “We have got the modern version here with us stepping back from Afghanistan. That itself has tremendous resonance.”

Armistice Day has been marked on the November 11 every year since 1919 - a year after the Allied forces signed an agreement with the Germans that would end the First World War.

The wreaths at city chambers. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

The wreaths at city chambers. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Although at first former servicemen wanted to forget the horrifying experiences of war, a decade later remembrance became more popular.