Remembrance DayOn the eleventh hour of the eleventh dayof the eleventh month in 1918 the GreatWar ended.The first Remembrance Day was held in1919 to commemorate the end of the war.King George V initiated a 2 minute silenceto remember those who had given theirlives.Originally this day was known as ArmisticeDay.
In modern timesOn Remembrance Day today we think of allthose who have lost their lives in conflict.Conflicts which include WWI, WWII, theFalklands war, the Gulf war and the Iraqwar.It also includes the war in Afghanistan inwhich people are still actively fighting today.
Why wear poppies?The poppy is an international symbol ofremembrance.Poppies were the first flowers to grow in theformer battlefields in Belgium and France wheremany soldiers are buried.Their paper thin petals were the first signs ofnew life and renewal.They inspired John McCrae, a Canadian doctor,to write the famous war poem – In Flandersfields
In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved, and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from falling hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields. John McCrae
The British LegionPoppies are now sold toraise money for TheBritish Legion. This is a charitable organisation who support those who are serving in the armed forces and former soldiers.
White poppiesWhite poppies are alsosold and are worn as asign of respect.The white poppy is asymbol of peace.
Remembrance SundayRemembrance Sunday is thesecond Sunday in November.On this day people rememberthose who have given their livesin war.A number of specialremembrance services are heldthroughout Britain.People leave wreaths andpoppies at the Cenotaph toremember the dead.