What is the History behind Remembrance Day?
Armistice Day is on 11 November and is also known as Remembrance Day.
It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars.
There is also Remembrance Sunday every year, which falls on the second Sunday in November. This year, it falls on Sunday 13 November.
On this day, there are usually ceremonies at war memorials, schools and churches throughout the country, as well as abroad.
The anniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars, not just World War One. This includes World War Two, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in other countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
Why do we have a two-minute silence?
The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.This was one year after the end of World War One.
He made the request so that “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”. It has been respected and it takes place all across the world even in foreign schools and homes.
And what does the poppy mean?
The poppy is a symbol of hope and remembrance as well as being the flowers that grew throughout the famous Flanders Fields, it shows the resilience of man and proves that through even the worst of times, beauty can rise up.
It is not a symbol of death nor for the support of war, it is a beautiful way to commemorate the deaths of those many people who sacrificed themselves for the good of mankind and the freedom of all.
By Ailsa Davidson