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Service to mark historic Armistice Day.

Summary: A poignant memorial service will take place at Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey, originally the abbey church of a Benedictine monastery (closed in 1539) in London. One of England's most important Gothic structures, it is also a national shrine. The first church on the site is believed to date from early in the 7th cent.  later to mark the passing of the First World War generation.

A poignant memorial service will take place at Westminster Abbey later to mark the passing of the First World War generation.

The last three remaining First World War veterans living in the UK - William Stone For other persons named William Stone, see William Stone (disambiguation).

William Stone (1603-1695) was an English pioneer and an early settler in Maryland. He was governor of the colony of Maryland from 1649 to 1655.
, Henry Allingham Henry William Allingham (born June 6, 1896) has been the oldest surviving British veteran of the First World War since July 20, 2003 upon the death of then 108-year-old Jack Davis.  and Harry Patch - all died this year.

A Union Flag used to cover the bodies of the fallen during the conflict will hang in the Abbey.

The "Padre's flag", as it is sometimes known, was flown daily on the Western Front and draped over makeshift altars at countless religious services including one before the Battle of the Somme, when the altar was a upturned bucket.

It was also used by Army chaplain Reverend David Railton to cover hundreds of those killed in action before their burial in shallow graves.

Relatives of some of those who served in the war will give readings. Anne Davidson, the daughter of Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer William Stone who fought in both World Wars but died in January aged 108, will deliver a passage from the Bible.

Andrew Orr Ewing, whose great-great grandfather Captain David Orr Ewing fought in the Battle of Jutland Noun 1. battle of Jutland - an indecisive naval battle in World War I (1916); fought between the British and German fleets off the northwestern coast of Denmark
Jutland
 in 1916 and whose father Lieutenant Colonel David Orr Ewing is currently serving in Afghanistan in the Black Watch, will also give a reading.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will give the address.

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