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The Remembrance Ceremony is an unique expression of national homage, devoted primarily to remembrance of the dead of the two world wars. It is attended by the Sovereign and all the principal representatives of Parliament, the governments of the Commonwealth, the Armed Forces and the Churches. The Remembrance Ceremony takes the form of a short Service of Dedication preceded by observation of the Two Minutes' Silence and official wreath laying. For this purpose the Cenotaph is enclosed in a square formed by detachments from branches of the Fighting Services, by a contingent from civilian services vital in time of war and by a large body of ex-Service men and women. The general public is invited to take part in the Service, and the Ceremony is broadcast in sound and television.

The Household Cavalry and one of the Foot Guard Battalions provide a small dismounted matching contingent. The Household Cavalry leads the three Services on to parade.

The Cenotaph was first prepared as a temporary wood and plaster structure for use as a saluting base in Whitehall during the First World War Victory Parade, held on the 19th July 1919. The immediate and overwhelming public acclaim for this hurriedly prepared design of Edwin Lutyens afforded the Government a ready solution to the potential problem of providing a suitable national memorial to the war dead. A swift decision was taken to re-erect the Cenotaph in a permanent form on the same site. The unveiling of the stone structure on the 11th November 1920 was combined with a ceremony to mark the passing of the body of the Unknown Warrior for re-burial in Westminster Abbey. The first of the annual ceremonies of remembrance took place at the Cenotaph on the same date the following year.

The Royal Waggoners Royal Waggon Corps Royal Waggon Train Royal Corps of Transport Royal Army Service Corps Royal Logistics Corps RCT remembrance rasc rsct association royal corps of transport waggoners regiment medals links drill contact michael murphey samuel morley james dalton Richard Masters Alfred Herring Joseph Hughes