‘We will remember them’: Malta marks Remembrance Sunday

This weekend marks Remembrance Sunday in Malta, when we honour those who have lost their lives in war.

Thousands of red poppies are sold each year in the build-up to the day to commemorate the war dead, while Malta will fall silent at 11am in tribute.

Remembrance Sunday is always held on the second Sunday in November, while Armistice Day is always held on the eleventh day of the eleventh month to commemorate the signing of the armistice.

Here’s everything you need to know:

What is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day is a day to remember and honour the Commonwealth service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War.

A two-minute silence is held at 11am on November 11, which marks the day the armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany that brought the end of the war.

It was a tradition first started by King George V in 1919.

During the First World War, Malta earned the name ‘The nurse of the Mediterranean’.

More than 100,000 injured soldiers from all over the Commonwealth poured into Malta’s overflowing hospitals during the war.

When is Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday?

Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday 10 November.

Armistice Day is on Monday 11 November.

What Remembrance Day events are happening?

The Remembrance Sunday Cenotaph Service takes place on Sunday morning.

The main parade starts at the Granaries in Floriana before a wreath-laying service at the National War Memorial.

A National Service of Remembrance, which is attended by the President, the Government, the Judiciary, High Commissioners and Ambassadors as well as war veterans, is held at 11am.

On parade will be the Armed Forces of Malta, the Royal Marines, the Royal British Legion, the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces.

After the two-minutes silence, military aircraft will fly low over the war memorial and scatter poppies.

Remembrance Day will also be marked with a special church service led by the Archbishop of Malta, at St John’s Co-Cathedral.

The President will inspect a Guard of Honour in St John Square before the Mass.

In Gozo, events to mark Remembrance Sunday will be held at the war memorial in the centre of Victoria at 11am.

As the clock on the Citadel strikes the eleventh hour, a minute of silence will be held, followed by the Last Post.

The war memorial in Victoria was unveiled by the Queen in 1954.


Watch the video about Malta’s vital role in the world wars, below:

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