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
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
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.
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!