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article imageRemembrance service held at Camp Bastion

By Gemma Fox     Nov 11, 2011 in World
Around the world today services were held to remember those who have died serving their country in all wars since the First World War. A service was also held at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
In the United Kingdom services took place across the country and in London service took place the Cenotaph for the 92nd time. At 11 AM those assembled fell silent and the two minutes of silence was started by the playing of the Last Post.
In Afghanistan, members of the Armed Forces held a service at Camp Bastion in the Helmand Province. The service was attended by Secretary of State for Defence, Phil Hammond, who made his first visit the area and to visit the troops deployed there during Operation Herrick, this week after taking over the job recently.
Mr Hammond said, "Sadly, even since I've been in Afghanistan we've lost another serviceman killed in action, so it is a very, very poignant reminder that this is not just a ceremony about the past, about history - it's about what is actually happening today as our brave men and women face the threats that are out there day in, day out."
Mr Hammond was referring to the death of Private Matthew Thornton of 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (4 YORKS) who was killed on November 9 after being caught up in the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED).
A bugler from 2nd Battalion The Rifles playing during the Armistice Day service held at Camp Bastion...
A bugler from 2nd Battalion The Rifles playing during the Armistice Day service held at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan
Sergeant Steve Blake RLC , Crown Copyright/MOD 2011
The service at Camp Bastion was officiated by Senior Padre Lieutenant Colonel Cole Maynard. The Last Post was played by a bugler from the 2nd Battalion The Rifles and music throughout the service was provided by The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The Kohima Epitaph was also read out during the service; When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.
To mark and end the 2 minutes silence at the service a 105mm light gun from Joint Fires Group fired one round.
At the service Mr Hammond laid a wreath at the memorial within Camp Bastion.
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