We Will Remember Them

To commemorate all those who have lost their lives during wartime, the UK observes a 2-minute silence

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At 11am on 11th November 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front. After 4 years of brutal fighting and the loss of millions of lives, it was finally the beginning of the end of the First World War.

What is Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day)?

To mark Armistice Day, at 11am on 11th November every year, the UK observes a 2-minute silence.

Armistice Day (Armistice from the Latin Stand Arms) saw the start of the peace negotiations of the First World War, and they began at 11am on the 11th of November in 1918.

Why do we celebrate it?

It is observed to commemorate and remember all those who have died in wars worldwide.

When does it take place?

11am on 11th November every year - reflecting the start of the peace negotiations.

What is Remembrance Sunday?

Held on the second Sunday of November every year in addition to Armistice Day, and is a day of remembrance for all those who have laid down their lives defending the country.

What can I do?

In addition to observing the 2-minute silence, you can wear a poppy on your chest to show support. The poppy has become a symbol of hope and peace; during the chaos of the Western Front, landscapes were decimated and reduced to mud and rubble. Very little grew back - however, the resilient red poppy stood out amongst the bleakness and grew, despite the destruction.

To find out more, visit the Royal British Legion website here.

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