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UK Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday (11 November)

Every year, people in the UK (and other Commonwealth countries)  hold special ceremonies to remember the men and women who died in World War I, and every other conflict as well. We are silent for two minutes on November 11, and also on the Sunday closest to that date. This year, November 11 is a Sunday. (Tomorrow.)

The two-minute silence is held at 11 o’clock on the 11th, because World War I was declared over on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

Remembrance poppy

As a symbol of our remembrance, many people wear little poppies on their clothes, because poppies grew on the mass cemeteries where many soldiers were buried in Flanders. If you see any British politicians on television these days, you will see the poppy – a little red flower – on their jackets. We often use the phrase “Lest we forget”, which means that we should always do these things so that we do not forget the sacrifice millions of people made during the wars, so that we can now live in times of peace.

 

Here is a BBC slideshow which explains more about the remembrance poppies people wear:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20226155

 

The Queen leads a special ceremony on the Sunday every year. You can read more details about it below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ny2z1

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