What is Armistice Day and is it the same as Remembrance Sunday?

The Sun 1 month ago

ARMISTICE Day is marked on the same date in the UK every year – November 11.

Here we explain the history behind this important day of remembrance and how it differs from Remembrance Sunday.

Crosses adorned with poppies commemorate the war dead, pictured in Edinburgh

What is Armistice Day and why is it important?

Armistice Day remembers the agreement between the Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918, to stop fighting which marked victory for the Allies and defeat for Germany.

It was signed in Compiegne in Northern France and came into effect at 11am.

The armistice forced the Germans to evacuate invaded countries and territories within two weeks.

They also had to surrender a significant amount of war material, including five thousand guns, 25,000 machine guns, 1,700 planes.

Germany, exhausted by war and with a nation of hungry citizens, reluctantly accepted the terms.

Although hostilities continued in some areas, the armistice essentially brought an end to fours years of fighting in the First World War.

The reason poppies are used is because they grew on the battlefields after WWI ended

Are Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday the same thing?

Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are not the same thing.

However, Armistice day is also referred to as Remembrance Day – which can be confusing.

Armistice day is always on November 11.

Remembrance Sunday is always on the second Sunday in November, but the date will change yearly – this year it’s on November 10 2019.

A two-minute silence is often acknowledged at schools, offices and churches around the country.

A National Service of Remembrance is held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall in London.

Members of the Royal Family and the Government attend the service alongside representatives from the Armed Forces and the public.

Another two-minute silence is held at 11am before a number of wreaths are laid down.

The Royal Marines buglers usually sound The Last Post.

A number of veterans also take part in a march past The Cenotaph.

A two-minute silence is often acknowledged up and down the country

Why do people wear poppies?

In the run up to Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, you will often spot veterans selling poppies at a number of locations across the country.

The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the First World War ended.

Poppies are also used to raise money for servicemen and women who are still alive but whose lives have been changed by war.

The charity that runs the Poppy Appeal is called The Royal British Legion.

Why is there a two-minute silence?

The silence is meant to be time for people to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

According to reports, in a letter published in the London Evening News on 8 May 1919, an Australian journalist, Edward George Honey, had proposed a respectful silence to remember those who had given their lives in the First World War.

This was brought to the attention of King George V and on 7 November 1919, the King issued a proclamation which called for a two-minute silence.


Source link
Read also:
The Sun › 1 month ago
REMEMBRANCE Sunday is the UK’s way of commemorating the contributions and efforts of the Brit and Commonwealth armed forces from World War One onward. The day also marks civilian services and those who lost their lives. But when is remembrance Sunday...
Telegraph › 0 month ago
November 11, 2019, also known as Armistice Day, will mark 101 years since the end of the First World War, with a range of tributes and commemorations set to take place across the country.
The Sun › 0 month ago
ON Remembrance Day we remember the soldiers who fought for Britain during the First World War and World War II. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11. Here are some of the most powerful Remembrance Day poems and messages penned in...
The Sun › 1 month ago
REMEMBRANCE Sunday is a time for people to reflect on those who have given their lives for their country during wars and conflicts. The country pauses at a particular time. When is Remembrance Sunday? Remembrance Sunday is always held on the second...
The Sun › 0 month ago
DURING the Remembrance Day Parade we pay our respects to those who lost their lives during the battle of the World Wars. A minute’s silence will be held at 11am today. But what time does the Remembrance Day parade start? When is the Remembrance Day...
Telegraph › 1 month ago
November 11, 2019, also known as Armistice Day, will mark 101 years since the end of the First World War, with a range of tributes and commemorations set to take place across the country.
The Sun › 0 month ago
A TWO-minute silence will be observed on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day in memory of those who lost their lives fighting for their country. But do you know why it’s on November 11 each year, or how the tribute came to be two minutes? Here are...
Mirror Online › 1 month ago
Bought a poppy to mark Armistice Day but wondering if you've got it on right? Well here's everything you need to know about the symbol of remembrance
USA Today › 3 weeks ago
Discover the origins and meaning of Armistice Day, now Veterans Day, from Smithsonian National Museum of American History curator Frank Blazich.
The Sun › 0 month ago
ON NOVEMBER 11 at 11am, people up and down the UK fall silent to remember those who lost their lives fighting for their country. Armistice Day falls on November 11 each year, to commemorate the end of the First World War in 1918. Here is the history...
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR