What is Armistice Day?
Armistice Day is commonly known as Remembrance Day. The Armistice is an agreement made by two opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time.
How and why was Armistice Day created?
November 11th remains in the public imagination as the day that marked the end of World War I. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th, 1919, and from that day forward November 11th marked the end of World War I. In November of 1918, the U.S president proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. It took effect at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. Armistice Day was created to mark the armistice signed between allies of World War I and Germany. It was also created to remember those who died in World War I.
What do people do to commemorate Armistice Day?
In many countries, it's a public holiday so post offices, banks, stores and many other businesses are closed. There are special church services to remember those who died in World War I. There are also military parades, memorials, and in Canada the Prime Minister will lay wreaths and flowers at memorials. People also wear dark clothes because Armistice Day has a solemn mood. At public gatherings, there is a brief pause in all activities at 11am.