First World War (90th Anniversary)

Defence written statement – made on 22nd May 2008.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

I am pleased to announce that the Ministry of Defence is planning a commemorative event to mark this year's 90th anniversary of the First World War Armistice. It has become clear in recent months that, while 90th anniversaries are not something that we normally commemorate nationally, there is a widely held desire to mark this important milestone.

We are not yet in a position to provide details of our plans but we expect the event to be centred around a service and wreath laying at the Cenotaph on Tuesday 11 November when distinguished attendees may include one or more of the remaining UK veterans of the Great War if they are able to attend. Further details will be announced in the coming months.