Remembrance Day commemorates the sacrifice of those who died or suffered during war. On November 11th a moment of silence is observed at 11:00am to signify the time the war ended.
The day was first called ‘Armistice Day' and renamed Remembrance Day in 1931. In April 1919 the British House of Commons introduced a motion to have an annual ‘Armistice Day', but could not agree on a date. After an appeal by King George V on November 6th to have two minutes of silence on November 11th at 11:00am the day of remembrance was settled.
The red poppy became a symbol of remembrance for WWI in the 1920's and was inspired by John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields". The first ‘poppy day' was held November 11, 1921 and today the poppy still continues to remind us of the sacrifices made in war.
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