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Remembrance Day

Date Published 01 November 2017

Armistice Day has been one Britain's memorial days since the end of the First World War to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. On the 11th Day of the 11th month on the 11th hour the nation falls silent. Members of the public will usually be seen buying and selling poppies leading up to this day.

Remembrance day is on the second Sunday of November when Britain holds a two minute silence to acknowledge the fallen soldiers of World War I, World War II and the 12,000 Brits who have died in combat since 1945. This year's Remembrance Day will take place on Sunday 12th November, with the televised service being held at Whitehall in London. This is attended by members of the Royal family.

The reason the poppies are worn is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the first World War ended. Poppies were worn for the first time at the 1921 anniversary ceremony. Their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.