Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day

The hostilities of the First World War came to an end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918 with the signing of the armistice, and it is on this day that we remember our fallen soldiers. After the end of World War II, the name 'Armistice Day' was changed to 'Remembrance Day' and it remains a day where we commemorate all those who have lost their lives as a result of war.

On the first anniversary of the armistice, in 1919, one minute's silence was instituted as part of the main commemorative ceremony. In London, in 1920, the commemoration was given added significance with the return of the remains of an unknown soldier from the battlefields of the Western Front. 

Throughout the Allied nations, the Flanders poppy became the flower of remembrance to be worn on Armistice Day. The red poppies were among the first plants that sprouted from the devastation of the battlefields of northern France and Belgium, and according to soldiers' folklore, the poppies were vivid red as they grew from the ground that was drenched with the blood of the fallen soldiers. 

After the end of World War II in 1945, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day as an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead. In October 1997, then Governor-General of Australia, Sir William Deane, issued a proclamation declaring 11 November as Remembrance Day, and urged all Australians to observe one minute's silence at 11.00 am on Remembrance Day each year to remember the sacrifice of those who died or otherwise suffered in Australia's cause in wars and war-like conflicts.
Please visit Culture and Creation to read more about Remembrance Day. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna