Remembrance Day is the most important day for the whole country, which is on 11th of November and it coincides with veterans day and armistice day. The name “Remembrance Day” is specific for some countries. On Remembrance day people observe 2 minutes silence at 11 a.m and stop all the activities in Schools, colleges, offices, malls all are shut down for that time period. Actually it is public holiday. Remembrance day is observed in the memory of especially those soldiers or veterans who died in the 1st world war. It is a silent festival which is not celebrated with much boom and bash. People light candles in the memory of those veterans and put up banners, pictures, images, poems and quotes.
Why is the 2 minutes silence held on the Remembrance DAY……???
A two minutes silence was first held one year after the first world war when king George asked the people to maintain silence for 2 minutes in the memory of those who had the glorious death to protect the country. Remembrance day is also known as Poppy day. This name is inspired by poetry Flanders field by John McCrae. he has written this poem after he witness death of his friend in war. This is one of the best known war poems. Veterans day is also known as Remembrance day . Remembrance Sunday should not be confused with Remembrance day which falls on 2nd Sunday of November or the Sunday which is closest to remembrance day.. Remembrance day 2015 is on 8 November. there’s a team of people called remembrance travels or poppy travels which organizes trips to graves and memorials. The name poppy was derived as red poppies bloomed in one of the battlefields in Flanders in worst conditions.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
John McCrae, 1915.
Concluding The Remembrance Day
Remembrance day is concluded by playing the last post after which a 2 minutes silence is observed then after the crowd is dispersed. They move on to the graves and memorials and lay beside them wreaths and small wooden crosses. Red Poppy flowers were used to raise funds which is used for different purposes such as helping families of veterans who was died in the war and related to such more helping veterans who have injured and lost his valuable part of his body for our country.
Remembrance day is also observed in many other countries
In Australia and New Zealand remembrance day is known as ANZAC day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). This day is celebrated to honor those who served in every type of wars and conflicts and gave people safe and secure life. But it is not on the same day. It is on 25th April. And first ANZAC day was on 25th April 1916.
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