In the run-up to the day of remembrance, the thoughts of many people will – as usual in this time of year – turn to the historical and recent wars and the associated victims.
This year’s Memorial Day events will soon be happening across the country, where millions will pause and take a moment to reflect in their own way.
But what actually is Remembrance Day – and why are we marking it when we do?
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What is Remembrance Day?
Remembrance Day is a memorial event in the member states of the Commonwealth in honor of members of the armed forces killed in service.
A wreath-laying ceremony, led by the Queen and attended by the Prime Minister and other political leaders, will take place at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall on Memorial Sunday.
The tradition arose from Armistice Day, which is still celebrated each year on the anniversary of the end of hostilities between the Allies – Great Britain, France and the United States – and Germany at the end of World War I.
Many non-Commonwealth countries also hold their own memorial services. The United States has Veterans Day, while Armistice Day is a national holiday in France.
When is Remembrance Day?
Remembrance Sunday takes place on the second Sunday in November. In 2021 this will fall on November 14th.
Armistice Day – or Remembrance Day – is celebrated on November 11th each year. There will be a two-minute silence at 11 a.m. that day. Workplaces and schools often pause to watch.
Why is Memorial Sunday in November?
Remembrance Sunday has its roots in Armistice Day, the first of which took place in November 1919, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the end of the First World War.
In 1939, the British government moved the two-minute minute’s silence to the second Sunday in November – which became Memorial Sunday – so as not to disrupt war production.
The name Remembrance Day was adopted by the Commonwealth of Nations after the Second World War, following the earlier example of Canada.
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