• Remembrance Day or Poppy Day

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    November is the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars.

    The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.

    It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.

    Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain.

     

    Poppy Day

    Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day, because it is traditional to wear an artificial poppy. They are sold by the Royal British Legion, a charity dedicated to helping war veterans.

    Two minute silence

    At 11am on each Remembrance Sunday a two minute silence is observed at war memorials and other public spaces across the UK.

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