AFM Joins Remembrance Day Parade

Date: Nov 08, 2015
 
Today, Malta joined the rest of the Commonwealth which marked Remembrance Day with a Mass at St John’s Co Cathedral and a ceremony at the War Monument in Floriana.
 
The AFM mounted a guard of honour in front of St. John’s Co-Cathedral and soon after paid respect at the foot of the Cenotaph in Floriana where wreaths were placed by Malta’s highest authorities. AFM soldiers , marched together with members of the Malta Police Force in front a sizable crowd of onlookers.
 
The ceremony saw the participation of the AFM Band, a fly past by the AFM’s King’s Air and the firing of shots from the AFM’s Signal Gun.
 
Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
 
The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.
 
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War.