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
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived” — George S. Patton
“While only one day of the year is dedicated to honoring our veterans, American’s must never forget the sacrifices many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedom” — Congressman Randy Neugebauer
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me” — Country singer Lee Greenwood
“Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Forces make to defend our way of life” — Politician Robin Hayes
“On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live” — Eric Burdon
You silent tents of green, We deck with fragrant flowers; Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
“137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed-it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy” — Congressman Doc Hastings
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” —JFK
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it” —Mark Twain
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example” — Benjamin Disraeli
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree” — Thomas Campbell
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” —Joseph Campbell
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” —Nathan Hale
“Only the dead have seen the end of war” —Plato