11/11/11, Veteran’s Day, and Remembrance Poppies

Everyone’s been getting very excited about this gathering of 1’s in the Georgian calendar. Yes we agree it is unique, but it is important not to forget what else November 11th stands for. Veterans’ Day in the US, and Remembrance Day in most Commonwealth countries, commemorates those who have given, often everything, to protect their countries in the two World Wars and all later conflicts.

Back in Blighty, the majority of these commemorations are saved for Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday in November – the 13th this year), however the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice to end World War I at 11.00am is marked by two minutes silence.

Remembrance poppies are sold across the country in the weeks leading up to and following November 11th and are worn with pride by all and sundry to show that the contributions of our men and women in uniform aren’t forgotten. If you would like to share in this tradition, Remembrance poppies are available in Carry On Tea & Sympathy and A Salt and Battery, in return for a donation to The Royal British Legion (RBL) and Haig Fund.

A team of 50 people - many disabled Veterans - spend all year making the millions of Remembrance poppies distributed across Britain and the commonwealth in return for donations. The symbol of the poppy is inspired by those that grow on the fields of Flanders, and the bright red commemorates the blood spilt there.

A very international tradition.


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