REMEMBRANCE DAY will be observed today 11th November 2010. The day was originally established to commemorate the end of The Great War on that date in 1918.
World War I formally ended when major hostilities halted following the signing of the Armistice between the Allied forces and Germany “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918.
At 11am two minutes of silence will be observed across the United Kingdom. This continues a tradition started by King George V on November 11th, 1919.
Now, commonly referred to as Poppy Day, November 11th is also the day when we remember all those who have served, fought and made sacrifices in wars and conflicts since 1918.
The Poppy is traditionally sold by the Royal British Legion to raise funds to safeguard the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. The picture (kindly sent by Jim Uney) shows three veterans giving up their Sunday in the Hedon Co-Op to raise money and remember those who gave their all.
See also Remembrance Sunday 2010 in Hedon.