Honoring the Past

November 11, 2016 | Author: Helena Harris

Today is a solemn day for many places around the world as we stop to remember, and give thanks, to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during conflict.  Armistice Day falls on the 11th November each year and marks the day in 1918 that the fighting in World War One ceased.  The armistice was signed at 05:00 on 11th November and fighting ceased at 11:00.  In 1919, the year following the ceasefire, King George V announced a two minute silence would be observed and this silence continues to be observed every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  Armistice Day now remembers not only the fallen from World War One, but also those that perished in World War Two and more than 12,000 British servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945.

On the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, the UK also marks Remembrance Day, this year taking place on Sunday 13th November.  This is a day for the nation to remember and honor those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect the freedom we enjoy today.  On this day our Royal Family, led by Her Majesty the Queen, will pay tribute together with Politicians, former Prime Ministers, the Mayor of London and other ministers.  Representatives from the Armed Forces will be present as well as High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries.  The Queen will mark the occasion by laying a wreath of poppies at the Cenotaph in London.

The poppy is the symbol of remembrance and represents the fields in Western Europe where poppies grew strongly amid the chaos and destruction of war. 

At this poignant time, I for one would like to offer my thoughts and thanks to all those that have served to protect our freedom.

Helena Harris

Helena Harris