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
They fell, but o’er their glorious graveFloats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.
Life hangs as nothing in the scale against dear Liberty!
Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.
And each man stand with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can.
Heroism … is endurance for one moment more.
Fold him in his country’s stars. Roll the drum and fire the volley! What to him are all our wars, what but death bemocking folly?
For love of country they accepted death.
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
So long as there are men there will be wars.
The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s Tree. — Thomas Campbell
Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.
Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice. – – President Barack Obama