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Armistice Day ceremonies

Description of film

The film starts with titles explaining the Armistice Day ceremony. It then goes on to show the march past the Cenotaph in Whitehall.


The Great War officially ended in July 1919 when Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles. Soon afterwards, the French government held a solemn procession in Paris marking the event. British Prime Minister Lloyd George wanted a similar event to take place in Britain and suggested a temporary memorial should be built to be the central focus of the ceremony. The first ceremony was in July 1919 and then every Armistice Day. The Cenotaph was originally meant to be a temporary monument, but public demand wanted it to be a permanent one. The ceremony still takes place every year and is broadcast on radio and TV by the BBC.

Interesting or important points about the film

This clip provides evidence of the significance of the war in public memory. This ceremony is 12 years after the war finished and is clearly an extremely important event. Of course, it still is today.

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Further information
Sub categoryInter-war Years
FilmArmistice Day ceremonies
SourceITN Source/British Pathe
ProducerBritish Pathe
DateNovember 11th 1930