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Britons honor soldiers on Remembrance Day

Nov. 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

LONDON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Thousands of veterans and civilians participated in Remembrance Day services across the United Kingdom Sunday to honor fallen soldiers.

Queen Elizabeth attended a ceremony at the Cenotaph in London's Whitehall along with other members of the royal family, Sky News reported.

The queen led the traditional 2 minutes of silence at the service and also laid the first wreath. Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labor leader Ed Miliband also placed wreaths at the Cenotaph.

In Afghanistan, troops were joined by the duke of York, Prince Andrew, and Defense Secretary Philip Hammond, who laid wreaths at Camp Bastion in Helmand province.

Since Remembrance Day last year, 10 British soldiers have died.

"Even when a conflict is over the consequences of that conflict will remain with us," Hammond told Sky News. "For every two people that have died in the Afghan conflict, there's another one who has come back to the U.K. missing limbs, who has to make a life for many, many years to come in the civilian community and we need the public to remember them as well as to remember those who fell."

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