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Armistice Day


Armistice Day

Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the cease fire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.

The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war. An exception is Italy, where the end of the war is commemorated on November 4, the day of the Armistice of Villa Giusti. After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Armistice Day remains an official holiday in France. It is also an official holiday in Belgium, known also as the Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields.

In many parts of the world people take a two-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. as a sign of respect for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, as suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter to a British newspaper, although Wellesley Tudor Pole established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917


If you love freedom, thank a vet.



14 Responses

  1. Grandpa’s Memorial (Twenty-One Gun Salute and Taps)

  2. Nation stops on Remembrance Day / Armistice Day 2010

  3. Poppies, for remembrance… I am so thankful to all those who fought and lost their lives so that I can have the life I have today.

  4. for all the Veterans THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  5. Will humankind ever move beyond war?

    • Will humankind ever move beyond war?

      No, not in this particular confluence of space/time anyway. We’re hardwired for it, IMO.

  6. NEVER FORGET

  7. War doesn’t solve any problems, it only creates them. Most of the wars we’ve been involved in were unecessary. The ones we are currently involved in are wholly and entirely unecessary.

    I thank the peacemakers.

  8. For my family members in WWII in each of the armed forces, in every theater, thanks. Especially to those at D-day and a couple other battles that were never the same. Thanks. I owe you everything and will never forget.

  9. For my grandfather who served in WWII. My dad who served in Korea, my uncle who did two tours in Vietnam and my nephew now in Afghanistan but, especially to Uncle Don who suffered terrible PTSD and now fighting lung cancer. My heart is with you always.

  10. Just for the ashat conservative talk radio hosts who accuse Democrats of being soft on national security or wishing for the demise of the Big PX.

    http://www.awolbush.com/whoserved.html

    Why not put your ass on the line.

  11. Thank you and my thank to all veterans. My father served in WWII; other family members served in other wars, going back to the Revolution.

    djmm

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