Soldier buys a beer for each of his friends who never came back from Afghanistan

Soldier buys a beer for each of his friends who never came back from Afghanistan

Last Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and saw people across the world gather to honour the millions of soliders who gave their lives.

However, one moving tribute on social media in particular brought home the great sacrifice that military servicemen and women regularly make in the line of duty.

A photo uploaded to Facebook by an unknown soldier shows eight pints of beer sitting on a pub table: one drink for each of his fallen comrades who died on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

In addition, a picture of each soldier sits beneath each pint, with a Royal British Legion poppy on top of the glass.

According to reports, the image was first uploaded to Facebook by an unidentified serviceman, who bought the drinks in a pub on Armistice Day. It remains unknown where and when the picture was originally taken.

It moved one soldier so much that he shared it on Twitter, with his post quickly going viral and serving as a poignant reminder of the sacrifice made by millions in World War I andAfghanistan, as well as the many other conflicts over the years.

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Soon enough, hundreds of people from across the globe had taken to the comment section to express how much the image had moved them, with one social media user claiming it was the most powerful image they had seen all week.

"Probably the most powerful image I've seen all week.  Something we can all relate to as well in some way," Twitter user @DaveClarkDesign wrote. "We can't all imagine life in the forces and the true horror of war. BUT losing 8 very special people to anything, sometimes needlessly, is heart breaking. Lovely gesture (sic)".

Fellow Twitter user @sjwright agreed, writing: "It’s hard to live a life without the pain of conflict and those that helped you survive it around you any longer. It’s the story behind every photo every pint that makes this person continue there life and honour those left behind."

Another person online mourned the young men who had fallen in the war, with @OBrien1968 saying: "You can just picture the young men sitting around the table chatting and laughing , except they are not. They’re dead and gone."

A total of 456 British men and women died in Afghanistan after the operation to stop the Taliban began in the autumn of 2001.

The First World War was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, with an estimated 17 million people losing their lives. Of these soldiers, more than 700,000 are said to be British.

Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day in the United States, is a day to remember and honour those who sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

It falls on 11 November every year, with a two-minute silence held at 11am to represent that hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month".