Monday, November 28, 2022

British deputy High Commissioner visits Kohima WW-II Cemetery

In his maiden visit to Nagaland, British Deputy High Commissioner Nick Low visited Commonwealth War cemetery in Kohima and laid a wreath in memory of all brave soldiers exactly at 11 minutes past 11 am on Friday to commemorate the culmination of World War I.
It was at 11 am on November 11, 1918 that guns across Europe had fallen silent after four bitter years of fighting. The armistice was signed at 5 am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. And six hours later, at 11 am, the war had ended.
The first Remembrance Day was held in 1919 throughout Britain and the Commonwealth. Orig-inally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of hostilities of the previous year and came to symbolise the end of war and provide an opportunity to remember those who had died.
Low said laying a wreath at Kohima War Cemetery was something that he would remember for the rest of his life and that it was a huge honour for him. He mentioned that he did so in honour of all those who fell here and for the veterans who had hoped to be in Kohima on the 75th anniversary of the battle but were prevented by Covid-19 pandemic. This was stated in a press re-lease.
The British Deputy High Commissioner also tweeted: “In memory of the fallen. And for the veterans whom the pandemic prevented attending the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima. A resting place fit for Heroes. We do not forget.”
In a letter published in London Evening News on May 8, 1919, Australian journalist Edward George Honey had proposed a respectful silence to remember those who had given their lives in World War I. After this was brought to the attention of King George V and on November 7, 1919, the king had issued a proclamation that called for a two-minute silence: “All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”
After the end of World War II in 1945, Armistice Day became Remembrance Day to include all those who had fallen in the two world wars and other conflicts.
Since 1919, on the second Sunday of November, otherwise known as Remembrance Sunday, a two-minute silence is observed at 11 am at war memorials, cenotaphs, religious services and various public places throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.

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