Armistice Day falls on the 11th November and is honoured every year with a two-minute silence at 11am, with the 11th hour marking the end of the First World War.
The event has become a part of British History and is recognised annually across the country to give thanks to all the servicemen and women that have been killed in war, often represented by the traditional red poppy. More and more, people are being encouraged to recognise all those currently serving as well as those who have previously served in honour of our country.
The Poppy stems from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by Canadian Doctor Lt Col John McCrea, who was inspired after seeing bright red poppies growing in a barren and seemingly lifeless field after the First World War. After reading the poem, American Academic Moina Michael began to make and sell red silk poppies to commemorate those who had died in the war.
The first official ‘Poppy Appeal’ was held by the British Legion on 11th November 1921 and poppies sold out almost immediately. Since then, the charity have honoured Armistice Day by fundraising for Veterans as well as current servicemen and women across the country. For this year’s campaign, lines from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ were installed in iconic locations across the UK, including on Dunkirk Beach, on the White Cliffs of Dover and at Salford Quays in Manchester.
You can support the British legion by buying your poppy and other merchandise here.
Here at Trinity, we are honouring Armistice Day with a one off commemorative video that recognises just a small number of the special people who make up our Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made. We asked you who you would be thinking of this Armistice Day, and we have been overwhelmed with the stories and memories that you have shared about your loved ones – you can see them all on our website here.
We give thanks to everyone who serves or has served, and we will be thinking of you all. Lest we forget.
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