11 November 2011

Armistice Day - Remembrance Day

Red poppies growing in a field in the Tunisian countryside

It is Armistice Day today.  There will be an observance of a two minutes silence at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" to commemorate the armistice which was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I in 1918.  

In many parts of the world, people take a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. local time as a sign of respect for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war.

The red remembrance poppy has  become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war."

It is important to note that Armistice Day is an opportunity to commemorate those service men and women who have died in conflict in the two World Wars and also those who have died in more recent wars.

Who, What, Why: Which countries wear poppies?  Here is a link to a BBC article written by Rema Rahman.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15637074
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