Remembrance Day – Everything You Need To Know

In case you have heard the term “Remembrance Day” somewhere and wondered what it was! Here’s the answer. Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

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What date is Remembrance Day?

November 11

What year was the Armistice Day?

Armistice Day, held on November 11 every year, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11 November 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

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Which countries celebrate Remembrance Day?

  • UK.
  • Canada.
  • New Zealand.
  • South Africa.
  • In total, 120 countries outside the UK are sent 3m poppies by Royal British Legion, mostly expats.
  • They include Spain, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Cyprus and Argentina.

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How do people celebrate Remembrance Day?

Armistice Day is on 11 November and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11 am to remember the people who have died in wars.

Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom. Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom (UK) honors the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices that were made in past wars. The main observance is on the second Sunday in November, but 2 minutes of silence is also made on November 11.
In India, the day is usually marked by tributes and ceremonies in army cantonments. There are memorial services in some churches such as St. Mark’s Cathedral and St. John’s Church in Bangalore. At Kohima and Imphal in the remote hillsides of North East India, services of remembrance supported by the Indian Army are observed at Kohima and Imphal War Cemeteries (maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). The day is also marked at the Delhi War Cemetery. In 2013, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, marked the day in Mumbai’s St. John the Evangelist Church.
In Canada, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in all three territories and in six of the ten provinces (Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec being the exceptions). From 1921 to 1930, the Armistice Day Act provided that Thanksgiving would be observed on Armistice Day, which was fixed by statute on the Monday of the week in which 11 November fell. In 1931, the federal parliament adopted an act to amend the Armistice Day Act, providing that the day should be observed on 11 November and that the day should be known as Remembrance Day. A bill (C-597) intended to make Remembrance Day a federal statutory holiday was tabled in the House of Commons during the 41st Parliament, but died on the order paper when parliament was dissolved for a federal election.

Why do we have to wear poppies on Remembrance Day?

The remembrance poppy was inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”. Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies a part of Belgium.

Britain's Prince Charles places a poppy onto the Roll of Honour wall as he participates in a National Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia
Britain’s Prince Charles places a poppy onto the Roll of Honour wall as he participates in a National Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia, November 11, 2015. Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are on a six-day official tour of Australia.

 Do Germany celebrate Armistice Day?

Volkstrauertag (German for “people’s day of mourning”) is a public holiday in Germany two Sundays before the first day of Advent. It commemorates members of the German armed forces and civilians who died in armed conflicts, to include victims of violent oppression. It was first observed in its modern form in 1952.


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