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Embassy Officials Honor Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.  The Day is observed on November 11 to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918.  Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  This year’s event was held at the Commonwealth War Cemetery off of Ngong Road and was attended by numerous Kenyan veterans of World War II, as well as many diplomats who laid wreaths to recognize those who died in service to the Commonwealth.  During the Second World War, Nairobi was the headquarters of the East African Force.  The war cemetery was opened in 1941 by those military authorities and now contains over 2,000 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 11 of which are unidentified.