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Remembrance Day



November 11

Memorial celebrated in the Commonwealth Countries



  • Observance in the Commonwealth

    • Australia
    • Barbados
    • Bermuda
    • Canada
    • New Zealand
    • South Africa
    • United Kingdom
      • Northern Ireland

    Observance in other Countries

    • France & Belgium
    • Germany
    • Hong Kong
    • Italy
    • Ireland
    • The Netherlands
    • Poland
    • United States


    Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War.



    Remembrance I

    Wind curls the pennants at the cenotaph
    A fitful wind
    It pokes along the ranks of fresh-cheeked soldiers
    Tugs at the ribbons of veterans
    And comes to fret
    Around the paper poppy on my breast
    Seeming curious why one warrior stands so silently apart
    In a peaceful land
    Mellow in the autumn air
    Yesterday another wind spoke other ways
    Not of you my land
    The living
    The hope of the living
    The vague hushed fragrances of memory
    But of the certain dead
    And those who heard them at Bernieres
    And Caen
    And Anthem
    As they fell
    Who have smelled the smell of death?
    Who have heard exploding steel expend itself in flesh?
    Who have felt primeval fear grind pride into the dust
    Or the muck
    Writhing and creeping as we have writhed and crept?
    Who torn Earth with fainting fingers
    In retreat of self and the sudden raking guns?
    So far from all of this!
    The wind of yesterday engraved
    A harsher requiem
    In us
    More than a remembering for us
    For us a not forgetting
    A solitude that some winds bring
    On quiet days
    On peaceful days
    On undefended shores of night
    A requiem

    – Author Unknown  


    This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries.

    Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.


    (Note that “at the 11th hour”, refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) 

    The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.

    The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilt in the war.


    In Flanders Fields


    The poem, as printed in In Flanders Fields and Other Poems
    An autograph copy of the poem from the same book

    The first chapter of In Flanders Fields and Other Poems (a 1919 collection of poems by John McCrae)

    gives the text of the poem as follows:



    “In Flanders fields the poppies grow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.


    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.


    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.”


    -John McCrae, 1919.



    An autographed copy of the poem (reproduced at the start of this same book) uses grow (instead of blow) in the first line. The book includes a note seeking to explain the discrepancy by saying “This was probably written from memory”.




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    A REMEMBRANCE DAY VIDEO for schools (also VETERANS DAY) CANADIAN SOLDIER TRIBUTE VIDEO 2011 with Rare Exclusive HD Dieppe & D-Day actual World War Two Film Footage & AFGHANISTAN Battle Footage. Showing the history of the Canadian Forces from WW1 to present day. Used for ceremonies and high school assemblies during Veterans Week in Canada. A tribute to all Canadian soldiers. We will never forget!

    Features actual film footage and photos from Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Dieppe, Ortona, Normandy, Korea and Afghanistan. Helmand Province.

    Edited by Jonathan Wagner.

    Use this video in your upcoming 11/11/11 ceremony. Please do not copy this video or re-upload it. If you use it, I only ask that you give me credit. Thank you.

    To use this video for a school ceremony or educational presentation, please email me at [email protected]

    Please view my other videos about Canadian high school students travelling through Europe on a commemorative battlefield tour.



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     Rest in Peace, One & All.


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