The nation will fall silent on Friday as the clock strikes 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.

Veterans, families and young people will turn out to Armistice Day ceremonies on Friday and Remembrance Sunday services to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country and the soldiers who continue to put their lives at risk today.

Wreaths will be laid and parades held through many of Kent’s towns as the county comes together to pay tribute to the fallen.

The Queen will also be making a special Remembrance visit to Margate with the Duke of Edinburgh on Armistice Day.

Organisers of the 2011 poppy appeal, the Royal British Legion, said Remembrance Day and the two minute silence had been observed since the end of the First World War and that their relevance remained undiminished.

“When we bow our heads in reflection, we remember those who fought for our freedom during the two World Wars,” said a spokesman.

“But we also mourn and honour those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts. Today, with troops on duty in Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the world, Remembrance and the two minute tribute are as important as ever.”

The poppy appeal was officially launched at County Hall in Maidstone last week under the motto ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ encouraging the public to stand alongside our brave armed forces by supporting them.

Geoff Simpson, county manager for the Royal British Legion, said money raised through the poppy appeal helped get the lives of former and serving personnel back on track when in need.

“In Kent, we will have responded to more than 1,300 requests for help in this year alone and this number is likely to grow in light of the current conflicts,” he said.

“More than £1.4m is spent each week on the legion’s work to help our armed forces family, so every penny that people of Kent generously give to our poppy appeal collection is vitally important.

“Please stand shoulder to shoulder with all who serve by wearing a poppy this Remembrancetide.”

Services are being held across the county with two minute silences to be observed at 11am.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is recognising both Armistice Day on November 11 and Remembrance Sunday on November 13 with ceremonies at the National Destroyer Memorial in the centre of the dockyard.

Visitors are invited to join members of the dockyard community for the two minutes silence, which will end with the firing of B Gun on Second World War Destroyer and national memorial HMS Cavalier by the Heritage Naval Gun Crew.

At 11am on Remembrance Sunday a gun will also be fired at Fort Amherst by the Napoleonic re-enactors of the 4th Battalion Royal Foot Artillery to signal the start of the two minute silence to Medway,

Gravesham’s service of Remembrance will take place at the Community Square, Civic Centre, on Friday followed by music from the Salvation Army Band.

Sunday’s services will be at the war memorial at Windmill Hill from 10.45am with the Gravesend Borough Band and Royal British Legion and at 10.45am at the war memorial at The Hill, Northfleet, with the Salvation Army Band.

In Canterbury, a dedication of the Field of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Longmarket is taking place on Thursday, November 10, at 6pm. On Friday a short service is being held at 11am at the war memorial in Buttermarket and at the Cenotaph.

On Sunday, a parade, assembling at Iron Bar Lane in Canterbury behind WH Smiths at 9.45am, will move down Burgate to the cathedral. Wreath-laying will take place at the war memorial at 10.27am at Buttermarket and at 10.50am a service of Remembrance at the cathedral.

A service will be held at 11am at the Dover War Memorial outside the town council offices on Friday with a remembrance concert at Dover town hall at 7.30pm. Neighboring Deal will hold a service on Friday at 10.45am at Hamilton Road cemetery.

In Tonbridge and Malling, a two minute silence will be held at the Watergate by the memorial outside the grounds of Tonbridge Castle.

On Sunday, in Tonbridge, a short service and wreath laying ceremony will take place in the Remembrance Gardens, Bradford Street, starting at 10.45am and at 11.15am a parade will leave Bradford Street and continue to the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul for the town service of Remembrance, which will begin at 11.45am.

In West Malling, a parade will begin at the Saluting Base at 2pm and continue to St Mary’s Church for a service at 2.30pm.

In Aylesford, a Remembrance Day parade and service of Remembrance will be held in the Royal British Legion Village’s Garden of Remembrance at 2.45pm.

A ceremony will be held on Friday at the Machine Gun Corps memorial at the cemetery in Cheriton Road, Folkestone, at 11am, and Remembrance Sunday service starting at 10.45am.

In Ramsgate, on Friday, a wreath laying ceremony is being held in Albion gardens at 8.30am; a service of Remembrance in the town centre at 10.50am; and wreath-laying and service at 10.50am at Ramsgate cemetery.

On Sunday, there is a parade at 10.35am starting in Elms Avenue, Ramsgate, and a service at 10.50am at St George’s Church.