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
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?
I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?’
I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot.
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
When the remembering was done, the forgetting could begin.
The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.
A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.