8th November 2017
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the Great War ended. The first Remembrance Day was held in 1919 to commemorate the end of the war. King George V initiated a 2 minute silence to remember those who had given their lives.
Originally this day was known as Armistice Day. Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November where people leave wreaths and poppies at the Cenotaph in memory of all those who have lost their lives in conflict. Conflicts include WWI, WWII, the Falklands war, the Gulf war and the Iraq war. It also includes the war in Afghanistan in which people are still actively fighting today. The poppy is an international symbol of remembrance. Poppies were the first flowers to grow in the former battlefields in Belgium and France where many soldiers are buried. Their paper thin petals were the first signs of new life and renewal.
Poppies are sold in order to raise money for The British Legion, a charity who supports those serving in the armed forces and former soldiers. Poppies are on sale during registrations.