Friday, 11 November 2011

Remembrance Day

Lest we forget.......11/11/11

Today is November 11, which is Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day when all the Commonwealth countries remember those in the Armed Forces who have given their lives since World War One. 

Above is a picture of the very lovely war memorial in the village where we live. The Lady Of The House took this picture a couple of months ago when it was more sunny and green than it is now. We also saw the poppies above on one of our walks on the same day,

World War One formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Germans signed the Armistice.

But I only found out recently that the reason we have a two-minute silence on Remembrance Day is because the first minute remembers those who died and the second minute is in honour of their families.

The LOTH recently read a new book called The Quick and The Dead which focuses on how life changed forever for the families who lost men in World War One. She found it really interesting. The author is Richard van Emden who has written some incredible books about the First World War including Tommy's Ark which was just about animals and pet mascots who helped boost the soldiers' morale.

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


Momma Tea (also Ronnii, Uji and Izzy whose open ids wont work) said...

We will always be grateful to all those who gave their lives and those who fought for the freedom we have today. We will think also of all the animal heroes as well they are often overlooked but did such important work under extreme conditions too.

Momma Tea & The Trio

Sam said...

Beautiful tribute. We will check out both those books.


Mr. Pip said...

This is a lovely tribute, Winnie. What a wonderful idea for the two minutes of silence for both those lost and their families.

Your pal, Pip

Frankie Furter said...

I know about the two mins. of silence. I think it is WONDERFUL. Wish we did it in the U.S.A..

We LOVE ALL Veterans in My house. My Dad was in the Navy during Viet Nam.

houndstooth said...

What a lovely tribute! We have to call Grandpa today because he's our veteran. You got some lovely pictures of your memorial, too!


P.S. We got our very first Christmas card of the year, and it was from you! Thank you! That ornament is perfect. I snagged it and hung it on my own little pink tree!

rottrover said...

The two minutes of silence is a lovely tradition...

Sophie said...

Lovely post.

scotsmad said...

We had lots of services here, too. With children making paper poppies and planting them in a Remberance garden.

The book looks interesting.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Two French Bulldogs said...

Happee Veteran's Day
Benny & Lily