2014 Remembrance Sunday in Yokohama

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Remembrance Sunday is marked in Europe to honour the lives of soldiers that died in the First World War. Remembrance day takes place on November 11th, when hostilities ended in 1918, but ceremonies at war cemeteries usually take place on the closest Sunday.
In Japan the Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintain several cemeteries and graves throughout the country. One of the largest and most important is the Yokohama War Cemetery in Hodogaya.
Created in 1945 and set in nearly 20 acres of beautiful woodland it is the final resting place of nearly 2,000 servicemen and women from across the British Commonwealth and members of their families who died in Japan during the Second World war or in the following occupation. The cremated remains of 335 Commonwealth, American and Dutch casualties who died as POWs are also laid to rest there.
On Remembrance Sunday each year servicemen and military representatives along with dignitaries from Commonwealth embassies and organisations such as the Scouts, the British School in Tokyo and the British Chamber of Commerce gather to lay wreaths of poppies and observe a 2 minute silence at 11am.
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