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What Is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance day is a memorial day that takes place every year on the 11th of November. On this day people all over the world commemorate the members of the armed forces that have lost their lives during the First World War. It is known that the war formally ended on the 11th of 11th month at the 11th hour, as that is when Germany and the Entente signed the armistice, however, the war did not formally end until the 28th of June 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed.

Nonetheless, this tradition was inaugurated by King George V in 1919, and was originally known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day took place on the 10th of November at the Buckingham palace, where King George V hosted a “Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic”. During World War 2 most countries changed the name of this day to Remembrance Day, while the USA changed it to Veterans Day.

People commemorate the fallen heroes of WW1 differently throughout the world. In the United Kingdom, for instance, wreaths are laid out and there is a special TV programme that starts with the Big Ben chiming at 11 o’clock, followed by a moment of silence. In Australia a 2 minute silence is carried out, at school students read the poem “Pledge of Remembrance" by Rupert McCall, and are given more resources that teach them about the importance of this day. In Barbados there are parades and ceremonial events carried out in the central square, and in India churches host special ceremonies.

In our school, poppies are sold as a means of remembrance, and the money gained goes to charities that help the armed forces community. Poppies are a symbol of Remembrance Day as they were observed growing on the battlefields after the end of WW1. Thus, they symbolize an end to violence, and the loss of armed forces members that fought for their country. You can buy a poppy from one of our prefects for 5 lei.

Miss Teo also hosted an artistic workshop that taught students how to create beautiful poppies out of coloured paper. This activity relished creativity, gratitude and remembrance. We will also host a minute of silence during which we will acknowledge the great sacrifice of the armed forces.

We must never forget those that have lost their lives and are losing their lives in wars all over the world. We must also be grateful for our peaceful lives and keep the fallen individuals in our hearts

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