From Poppy Day to Veterans Day
Remembrance Day also known as Poppy Day and still to some Armistice Day, is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War One. It was created to remember and honor the soldiers who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed on November 11th to recall the end of hostilities of World War One on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. World War One officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
Britain, France, Australia and Canada also honor the veterans of World Wars One and Two on or near November 11th. Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday which is observed on the second Sunday of November. In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to have two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11th.
In the United States of America, we have a wreath-laying ceremony that is held annually on Veterans Day at the Tomb of the “Unknowns” in Arlington National Cemetery, there are also parades and other celebrations held in most states around America. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans both living and deceased but we especially gives face to face thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
The very First Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace commencing with King George V hosting a Banquet in Honor of the President of the French Republic in the evening hours of 10 November 1919. Armistice Day was officially held for the first time at Buckingham Palace on the morning of November11th 1919. This was the beginning for a day of Remembrance for decades to come.
Red poppies, which are a symbol of World War One are sold in Canada, and also the United Kingdom on Remembrance Day to help raise money and other means of help for veterans, they are also worn in the lapel as a tribute, from which the name “Poppy Day” was derived. The red remembrance poppy has now become a tribute of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies were grown across some of the most gruesome battlefields of Flanders in World War One, their very bright red color is now a traditional symbol for the blood spilled in World War One.