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
If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung.
Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.
Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.
On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.
Those that die for a good cause… hover as a cloud of witnesses over the nation.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.
It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!