Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.
Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
The memorial evolved out of Armistice Day, which continues to be marked on the same date. The initial Armistice Day was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a “Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic” during the evening hours of 10 November 1919. The first official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning.
Remembrance Day Quotes/Messages
Our enemies have made the mistake that America’s enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.” » George W. Bush
“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” » Author David Levithan
“We join with our fellow Americans in prayer for the killed and injured.” » Imam
“The number of casualties will be more than most of us can bear.” » Rudolph Giuliani
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” » Sandy Dahl
“Remember the hours after Sept. 11 when we came together as one! It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” » Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts
“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.”
“My son, firefighter Leon Smith Jr., who was the sunshine of my life. He gave his life so that others could live. I love you, I miss you and we’ll meet again soon.” » Irene Smith
“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes”
“You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
“I have to live if I want to be remembered.”
The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.
Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die.
We only need to look at what we are really doing in the world and at home and we’ll know what it is to be Canadian.