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Remembrance Day, Remembrance Sunday, Veterans Day


Updated: November 11, 2006

War Flower at War Memorial in Canberra, Australia
Poppies at War Memorial in Canberra, Australia
© Sebastian Szlasa. Royalty Free Use.
Remembering The 11th Day of the 11th Month at the 11th Hour:
On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, World War I came to an end on Armistice Day, it was a temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany.

Different countries observe a two minute moment of silence at the 11th hour, 11am on the 11th of November, to remember the sacrifice of those who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts.

Some countries, like Australia and Canada, honor those who died serving their country in November each year on Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday, like Britain. Others honor, like the United States their war dead in May.

Remembrance Day in Australia:
Remembrance Day is a day set aside to remember the sacrifice of those who have died for Australia in wars and conflicts in the past 100 years.

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Remembrance Sunday (Armistice Day) in Britain :
Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday closest to the 11th November, Armistice Day, the day World War I ended. It is the day used to remember all those who have given their lives while serving Britain. The Cenotaph Ceremony is a unique expression of national homage, devoted to remembering the dead of the two world wars around Remembrance Day.

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Veterans Week and Remembrance Day in Canada:
On November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served their country during times of war, conflict and peace. Honored are those who fought for Canada in the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean War, and those who have served since then. Remembrance Day is preceded by Veterans Week.

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Veterans Day in the United States:
Veterans Day is the day to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice and done their duty for the common good. It is observed on November 11 a historical significant date--the end of World War I. This day honors *living* veterans who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime.

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Memorial Day in the United States - A Day of Remembrance:
Memorial Day is the day in the United States for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Memorial Day would be the equivalent holiday to Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday. It is celebrated on the last Monday in May.

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In Flanders Fields - The Historic Remembrance Day Poem:
    ...We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    ...If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

"In Flanders Fields" was written in 1915 by Canadian, doctor, soldier and poet John McCrae. This poem has become is a strong enduring reminder of war and a remembrance for those who served their country. This poem is one reason that poppies are worn on Remembrance and Memorial Day.

  • In Flanders Fields, The Historic Remembrance Day Poem - From About's Guide to Canada, Susan Munroe

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