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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Topic Of The Week: Remembrance Day

Most children in the UK will learn about at least one of the World Wars and it is common for them to visit the battlefields in France and Belgium as a school trip as part of this topic. I've been twice and there is a moment that has stuck with me since I last went 8 years ago. At fifteen, I stood in front of the grave of a fifteen year old boy. He had signed up and consequently was killed in action. My own Great-Grandfather ran away from home and signed up underage just so he could go and fight. The bravery of these men astounds me.

Remembrance Day is something that I think is important to mark. It is also known as Armistice Day - and in the US, Veteran's Day is celebrated on the same day. Remembrance Services are often very emotionally charged (I think I probably cry at least once every year - normally when I see an old soldier). Perhaps this is because most of us have a Grandad or Great-Grandad that fought in either WW1 or WW2 so, although it is almost 100 years since the war ended, it is still quite close to us. Still, it's hard to imagine what the soldiers and civilians would have gone through. 

When do we celebrate Remembrance Day (Armistice Day)?
11th November.
We have a two minute silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember all those who have lost their lives in combat.
Remembrance Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday of November - this year it will be 12th November.

Why do we wear poppies?
Poppies grew in the fields after WW1, therefore we wear them as a sign to remember those that have lost their lives on behalf of their country.

What happens with the money from poppies?

The Royal British Legion sell poppies throughout the country and the donations that are given are put towards helping servicemen and women whose lives have been changed through combat. The funds might also go towards those who have lost a loved one because of a war.


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