Prince William pays tribute to war dead

Sunday, November 14, 2010

LONDON - Britian’s Prince William, the second-in-line to the throne, went to Afghanistan Sunday to pay tribute to the British soldiers killed in conflicts since the First World War.

While Queen Elezabeth II and political leaders attended a service in Britain to remember those killed in the conflicts, William joined troops in Afghanistan to pay tribute to the servicemen and women killed in the country and in other conflicts, The Guardian reported.

The prince joined the congregation for a service of remembrance at Camp Bastion in Helmand province, where he laid a wreath in memory of the fallen.

According to DPA, William was accompanied by British Defence Minister Liam Fox.

The prince spent just a few hours in the country before returning to Britain, due to security reasons. It was his second visit to Afghanistan.

Remembrance Sunday is an important day for Britain. Memorial services and ceremonies take place across the country to honour those who have been killed or wounded in conflicts and those who are still serving.

Many wear a red poppy - said to be the first flower to have bloomed on the battlefields of World War I after arms were laid down - and money is donated to the Poppy Appeal, a charity which provides support to members of the armed services.

In London Saturday, Prince Charles joined 150 members of the War Widows Association to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph before the Festival of Remembrance concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

The concert was attended by the March for Honour teams of current and former servicemen who have raised 1 million pounds by marching 250 miles across Britain over the past fortnight.

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