Remembrance Day

11th of November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of never ending warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War.

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of First World War 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. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

The red poppy is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. Poppies are worn as a show of support for the Armed Forces community. Shortly after losing a friend in Ypres in 1915, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write his now famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. These bright red flowers flourished in the middle of so much chaos and destruction, growing in the thousands upon thousands. The poem inspired American War Secretary, Moina Michael, who bought poppies to sell to her friends to raise money for Servicemen in need after the First World War.

There is no correct way to wear your poppy. It’s a personal choice whether someone chooses to wear a poppy and how they choose to wear it. Hence, why it’s fine to wear any kind of poppy, one that represents the LGBT Community, Jewish colours, the Indigenous communities. It is called a “WORLD WAR” So many different communities fought, you could probably even have a pink poppy to represent the women.

2 thoughts on “Remembrance Day

  1. You make some very interesting points in your post and each of them may be considered valid.
    As you rightly said it was a world war involving many nations.
    We have wars today many are fought not on the battlefield but in society, through prejudices and uncaring attitudes of people. In the battlefield of public opinion, the media and many other outlets.
    Let’s not forget though behind every statistic, every story and every prejudice there lies a person, a belief or a notion that things will get better.

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