Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a memorial day paid tribute in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War in order to remember the members of their armed forces who died fighting for their country. Remembrance day is observed on 11th November to recall the end of World War 1. Hostilities ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”. Every 11th November at 11:11, a 2-minute silence takes place to honours those who died serving their country.

The red remembrance poppy is associated with Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War 1; their red colours became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

In order to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, an installation named Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was created in London. Each poppy represents a British and colonial life lost during the war. Millions of people have so far visited the installation.