Armistice Day

By: Abbey

The Start of Remembrance

Armistice Day was created after the events of WWI to mark the Armistice and to remember the soldiers that sacrificed their lives.

The first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace in London. In 1919, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick proposed that they should stand for exactly 2 minutes on November 11 exactly at 11:00.

The first minute of standing silently you are remembering the fallen soldiers that left their homes to fight but in the end perished. The second minute you are remembering the children and wives that were left at home whose husbands and fathers never returned. In under a year, the remembering went world wide.

During the First World War, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" which is now used as a symbol for Armistice Day.

In South Africa they made "Memorable Order of Tin Hats" which is a ceremony created in 1920. In it they remember "the Absent Comrades" in their "Light of Remembrance."

Armistice day and the World

There are many other names and different ways to celebrate Armistice day. In Denmark it's called Flag Day but is moved to the 5th of September. In Canada, it's Remembrance day. Meanwhile in France and Belgium, the name never changed.

In the United States, "All Veterans day" takes place on Armistice day but has a different meaning. On All Veterans Day, Americans honor living and dead veterans. The name was later changed to "Veterans day" to honor military veterans and to simply shorten the name.

Remembrance day is also known as Poppy Day which is named because of the symbolism the poppy has taken on since World War I.