London • Thousands in central London paused for a moment's reflection Sunday to remember all those who have fallen in combat, as Queen Elizabeth II led Britain's annual Remembrance Day service.
To the chimes of Big Ben at 11 a.m., veterans, servicemen and thousands of others gathered in Whitehall bowed their heads for a two-minute silence.
The moment was broken by the sounding of "The Last Post," the traditional trumpet call commemorating the war dead, and the queen laid the first wreath at the foot of central London's Cenotaph war memorial.
The solemn ceremony takes place every year on the 11th hour on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. The day now also pays tribute to the dead in all conflicts, including World War II, Iraq and Afghanistan.