On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, guns fell silent after more than four years of constant warfare. It marked the end of World War 1. This moment has become a time to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty to protect the nation.
Every year, it is a time not just to remember those who died in World War 1, but all those who have died in the line of duty. World War 2, the Falklands War, the Gulf War and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. This day is commemorated by those allied countries with the Commonwealth, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
Leading up to and on the 11th of November, you may see people selling and wearing poppies. Poppies are the symbol of Remembrance Day, remembering those who lost their lives due to conflicts around the world and died on behalf of their country. Poppies were chosen because they were the flower bringing life into the battlefield after World War 1 ended.
To commemorate, ceremonies are held at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches. A minutes’ silence is held at 11 am to remember those who have died and symbolises the end of the war.