Remembrance Day, sometimes as known Poppy Day. According to the Wikipedia‘s data, is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their arm forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
This tradition had 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 First World War 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.
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Which countries memorize Remembrance Day?
Countries of Commonwealth member observance Remembrance Day
There are 11 countries, whom are in Commonwealth member states which commemorate Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom is observed each year on November 11. The day commemorates the signing of the armistice, also the day commemorates all the U.K. soldiers who died in all conflicts. Two minutes of silence is observed at 11:00 a.m. on that day.
It is not a public holiday in UK, but many businesses may pause activities at 11 a.m. for 2 minutes silence on 11 November. Remembrance poppies are traditionally worn by people in United Kingdom.
Remembrance Day always observed on November 11 in Australia. Regardless of the day of the week, and it is not a public holiday. The time when people can pay respects to the substantial number of soldiers who died in wars. Services are held at 11 a.m. at war memorials areas, schools in suburbs and cities across the country.
The ‘last post’ is sounded by a bugler, and a one-minute silence is observed.
When the Remembrance Day falls a normal working day in Melbourne and other major cities, buglers from the Australian Defence Force often play the “Last Post” at major street corners. While this occurs, the majority of passers-by stop and observe a moment of silence while waiting for the bugler to finish the recital.
Remembrance Day is not public holiday in Belize. It still observes on 11 November each year.
Remembrance Day is still important in Bermuda. The first colonial volunteers had been sent to the front duty in 1915.
The ceremony still held in the city of Hamilton in Remembrance Day. The Royal Navy and the Bermuda Sea Cadet Corps held a parade on the same day, at the HMS Jervis Bay memorial in Hamilton, a smaller military parade is also held in St. George’s on the nearest Sunday to Remembrance Day.
Remembrance day is a statutory holiday in all three territories, and in six of the ten provinces in Canada. It is not an official holiday in Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
The federal department of Veterans Affairs Canada states the date is of “Remembrance for the men and women who have served for the country, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace”. There has a department runs a program called Canada Remembers, with the mission of helping young and new Canadians, to understand and appreciate what those who have served Canada in times of war, and what they have sacrificed for their country.
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Remembrance day is usually marked by tributes and ceremonies in army cantonments in India. There are some memorial services at some churches.
In the remote hillsides, at Kohima and Imphal, North East India, services of remembrance supported by the Indian Army, observed at Kohima and Imphal War Cemeteries (maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). Also, Remembrance Day is marked at the Delhi War Cemetery.
Remembrance Day is not observed in other places in India.
Remembrance day is called “Anzac Day” in New Zealand, it is national day on 25th April. “Poppy Day” usually occurs on the Friday before Anzac Day.
Armistice Day was observed in New Zealand between the World Wars, although it was always secondary to Anzac Day. As in other countries, New Zealand’s Armistice Day was converted to Remembrance Day after World War II, but this was not a success. The day was virtually ignored even by churches and veterans’ organisations in the mid of 1950’s.
Since the Unknown Warrior being returned to New Zealand for Armistice Day 2004, more ceremonies are now being held in New Zealand on Armistice Day and more churches are now observing Remembrance Sunday.
St. Lucia does not recognize Remembrance day as public holiday, like Barbados. However, ceremonial events are still launching, such as parades, and other activities are held on Remembrance Sunday instead.
The Royal St Lucia Police Force members and other uniformed groups, pay tribute through commemoration of St. Lucian men and women who fought in the war.
Remembrance Day is not a public holiday in South Africa. Ceremonies are usually held on the nearest Sunday.
Many high schools hold Remembrance Day services every year, to honour the past pupils, who died in the World War I and II, and the Border war.
What is the difference between Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday?
Remembrance Day, also called Armistice Day, is on 11 November. it marks the day while World War I ended. It is coming into affect on 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.
Some places like in the UK., many businesses are temporarily pause activities for 2 minutes silence on 11 November.
Remembrance Sunday is different to Remembrance Day, it takes place on the second Sunday on November. It is a day of remembrance for those who has lost their lives defending the country. The 2 minutes silence was moved to Sunday closest to that date, as at the start of World War II in 1939.
Before the VE day (Victory in Europe Day) in 1945, the end of the World War II, it was proposed the second Sunday in November should become Remembrance Sunday in commemoration of both of the World War I and II.
However, at the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II since 1995, it has become customary to hold remembrance ceremonies both on Remembrance day (some places called Armistice Day) and Remembrance Sunday.
What do you say on Remembrance Day?
That is a good question. If you try to say “Happy Memorial Day” during Remembrance Day, it sounds an inappropriate greeting for a day of remembrance and memory, especially for some people if they had parental relationships with someone or somebody who had lost their lives in wars .
With Memorial Day being a time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, ‘Thank you for your service‘ seems the most appropriate greeting on Remembrance Day, and only to members of the armed forces.
Apart from that, expressions of compassion like ‘I hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend’, weekend could be omitted. ‘Have a blessed Memorial Day’, which show that you care, even if you can never fully understand what veterans have experienced and continue to relive.
What does the Poppy symbolize on Remembrance Day?
The poppy is the symbol of enduring remembrance of the World War I. Poppies were a common sight, because they are flowers which grew on battlefield after World War I ended. It is strongly linked with Remembrance Day (11 November), but the poppy‘s origin as a popular symbol of remembrance lies in the landscapes of the World War I.
There are several anonymous documents written during the Napoleonic wars, which noted that following battle, poppies became abundant on battlefields where soldiers had fallen.
What does Lest We Forget mean?
‘Lest we forget‘ is a phrase used in ceremonies to commemorate wars, such as Remembrance Day. It is a reminder to everyone, that we should not forget the actions of our soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the wars. It is usually spoken at the end of the ceremony, to conclude a speech of commemoration with ‘we will remember these actions’.
Some answers have stated that ‘lest’ means ‘in case’. That is not true. ‘Lest’ means ‘so that . . . not’. The phrase ‘Lest we forget‘ could be rephrased as ‘So that we don’t forget‘.
Sometimes, people who get confused about this, tried to add a ‘not’ to make the negation explicit. However, this would make the sentence in the opposite way of what they intend.