Friday, November 4, 2011

Remembrance Day 2011

Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, Veterans Day. Call it what you like.

On 11th November this year, millions of people around the world will remember millions of fallen heroes who gave their lives since World War 1 so that we could be "free".

The First World War formally ended at 11am on the 11th day of November (the 11th month) in 1918.  The poppy became the symbol of remembrance due to a poem called In Flanders Fields. The poppy's vivid red colour is an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled.

Principally it is Commonwealth countries that observe the day to remember the members of their Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty. In the USA, Veterans Day is held on 11th November.

The tradition in Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa starts with the sounding of the Last Post followed by one or two minutes silence, beginning at 11am.

So, at 11am on 11th November, wherever you are, whatever you're doing, stop for a moment and remember the millions of fallen heroes.

If you feel like making a donation to one of the official charities, please follow the links below.

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United Kingdom
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New Zealand
Click here to make a donation

United States
Click here to donate to Wounded Warrior Project

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