Did anyone else observe Remembrance Day today?

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Did anyone else observe Remembrance Day today?

Post  Alex on Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:35 pm

I don't think it's recognised in China... I know they have a ceremony in Hong Kong for it though.

Today is Remembrance Day, the day when the armistice was signed by the major powers bringing the main fighting in World War I to an end.

It was signed "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month". At 11am in Australia and other British Commonwealth countries, we have a minute of silence in work places and schools to remember it. Whilst not the most important day celebrating the military in Australia, it is still is symbolic and powerful.

Quite a few of my great grandmother's family died in World War I, hard to imagine the things my grandmother and mother told me. Which is the very reason why I should remember.

Poppies symbolize the blood of the soldiers who fought in World War I. In Belgium especially, the battles were often in the countryside in fields of red poppies.

I remember every year at school, we would have to read a poem called "For the Fallen" , the last part goes like this:

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
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