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2013-11-11T11:15:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:33:20

Hammers honour Remembrance Day

Everyone at West Ham United paused at 11am today to mark Remembrance Day.

The two-minute silence was observed at the Boleyn Ground and by players and coaching staff at the Club's Chadwell Heath training ground. The silence is always held at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, to reflect the time that guns along the western front fell silent for a final time at the end of World War I in 1918.

Since then, Armistice Day is a way for people to remember those who gave their lives in the two world wars and all subsequent conflicts. West Ham United players wore shirts featuring the poppy emblem of the Royal British Legion for their last match and these will be signed and auctioned off for the charity at a later date.


Players and coaches observe the two-minute silence at Chadwell Heath

The Club also marked Remembrance Day with a series of events at their last two Barclays Premier League matches - at home again against Aston Villa and away at Norwich City.

Prior to kick-off against Aston Villa, bucket collectors from the Royal British Legion were outside the stadium selling poppies, while inside the ground, the Club invited guests from the Royal British Legion and both present and former soldiers of the 7th Battalion The Rifles, who are based at the Territorial Army Centre in West Ham, formed a pitch-side guard of honour.

Joint-Chairman David Gold was joined by Aston Villa CEO Paul Faulkner and Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony before a minute's silence was held to remember those lost in conflict around the world.


The first team wore shirts with a poppy logo

The Hammers wore special shirts with the poppy emblem against both Villa and Norwich and these shirts will be auctioned with the proceeds going to the Royal British Legion. For details of the auction, please keep an eye on whufc.com and our social media platforms.

The Club actively support the Tickets for Troops scheme, which provides affordable tickets to sporting events, theatre, concerts and comedy events to all serving members of HM forces, and all those medically discharged from the Forces since the commencement of military action in Afghanistan in 2001.

West Ham-supporting troops can purchase tickets for any Category B game for just £10. Simply produce your Armed Forces ID on purchase at the West Ham United Ticket Office at the Boleyn Ground.

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