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EX-PATS in Tenerife will join countless people across the world on Remembrance Sunday, staging a two-minute silence, in homage to the millions who perished in the First World War.

This year, especially, is the most important event in modern times, because it marks the centenary. And, as ever, there are services across the South of the island, and in the North.

Tenerife’s main service, which begins at 10.30am, takes place, as usual, at Westhaven Bay, Costa del Silencio, honouring the 11th hour of the l1th day of the 11th month, exactly100 years ago on that date, and at that time, when an Armistice was declared. That meant a ceasefire after four, bloody years.

Millions of lives had been lost on both sides, but the allies were at least able to celebrate victory over Germany in World War 1.

And, with previous Silencio occasions attracting over 300 people, it is advisable to be there at 10am, for the 10.30am start to this centenary service.

You are all welcome to enjoy this extremely special day, and, following the service, you are invited to join the organisers at The Albatros, Costa del Silencio, for an afternoon of entertainment with a BBQ and raffle, all proceeds being donated to the Poppy Appeal.

The British Embassy in Madrid, and Consulates across Spain, will mark the Armistice centenary by taking part in solemn

acts of remembrance, and also by giving thanks for the end of the war, and for peace, as well as for all those who returned to their families.

This year, the British and German Governments are promoting a special programme of bell-ringing, as a symbolic way of giving thanks for the end of war, a century after the guns fell silent on the Western Front, and remembering the importance of peace.

In London, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the German people, in a historic act of reconciliation. It will be the first time a German leader has laid a wreath at the ceremony.

The act really does mark the significance of the centenary, and

bells will be rung at many churches in Spain.

The bilateral collaboration is also being marked in other ways, because Simon Manley, Britain’s Ambassador to Spain, along with German Ambassador Wolfgang Dold, will give readings at the Remembrance Day service at Madrid’s St George’s Church.

Mr Manley will also attend an event at the German Ambassador’s residence, with the historian Dr Robert-Benjamin Gerwarth, entitled ?Cien a?os despu?s, ?Por qu? Europa no encontr? la paz despu?s de la Primera Guerra Mundial?? (100 years after. Why has Europe not found peace after the First World War?).

The British Ambassador said: ?As we remember the fallen, it is important to reflect on the importance of reconciliation, and, explore how, especially at a time when some seek to provoke discord and intolerance, we can build bridges where others want to build walls.

?As Europeans, we are bound together by our values, our shared memories of the continent’s history and our common aspirations for peace, security and prosperity.?

German Ambassador Wolfgang Dold said: ?One hundred years ago, after unspeakable suffering on both sides of the

trenches, the guns fell silent. But Europe still had a long way to go towards an era of lasting peace and democracy.

?It took great courage to speak of reconciliation, only a few short years after the devastation of the First World War, and the horrors of the Second World War.

?Now, as we commemorate, jointly, the fallen, we also stand up to those who, again, seek to open up divides among our peoples. It is up to us to keep up this formidable legacy of peace.?
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