Europe remembers the World War One armistice

Europe ensured this November 11 would be a special one with a day of ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.

Centred in northern France and Belgium which saw most of the fighting and the heaviest loss of life, allies and former enemies gathered to remember and honour the fallen.

French President François Holland unveiled a new memorial wall, the ‘Ring of Memory’, which commemorates in name nearly 600,000 soldiers from more than 40 countries who ended their lives buried beneath French soil, and at the Menin Gate where British and Commonwealth representatives remembered their sacrifice.

And in London one of the most spectacular WWI memorials, the million ceramic poppies planted at the Tower of London, was completed with the laying of the last poppy by a 13 year-old army cadet.