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Lest We Forget

published  First Published: 11/09/2009
Article written by: Nigel Brookson
At 5am on the morning of 11 November 1918, Germany, lacking manpower, weaponry and supplies, and facing imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies.
 
This marked the end of World War 1, also known as the Great War. November 11 has come to be known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day.
 
Traditionally, British, Canadian, South African, Australian and New Zealand citizens observe the day with two minutes' silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, which is the time that the armistice became effective.
 
The red poppy has come to be recognised as the symbol for Remembrance Day.
 
It was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders, an area in western Europe now spanned by Belgium, France and the Netherlands.
 
 

 

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