What is Remembrance Day?

Posted: November 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Great War ended on 11th November 1918. The Armistice, (where soldiers on all sides put down their weapons), was to begin at 11.00 in the morning. Therefore, 11,11,11 is what you should remember. But what is it all for? Students from various countries ask each year what it actually is and what relevance it has today. The clip below is one I use to help explain.

The money raised from poppy sales goes towards the families of British and Commonwealth soldiers who have lost their lives. It also goes to soldiers who need financial assistance because of injuries sustained in a conflict. Finally, the monies contribute to the upkeep of war cemeteries across the world. Look at the picture below. It is typical of a war cemetery which requires a lot of effort and money to keep it in the condition that you see it.

The cemetery in Flanders Field.

A question I had today was why is it called Remembrance Day? Was it the same as Poppy Day? The link below may help you learn about the different names of 11th November. You will hopefully find out what it is called in your own country and even learn about other days which are remembered.

An article from wikipedia about Remembrance Day.

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