The First Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day is a Memorial Day observed in Commonwealth states since the end of the First World War. The purpose is to honour armed forces members who died in duty.
In most countries it is observed on the 11th November to remember the end of the War.
In accordance with the armistice signed the war was formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918.
From Armistice Day a tradition of Remembrance was born, the first being a banquet hosted by King George V in Buckingham Palace on the 10th of November 1919 where the next day a service was held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
Wreath laying ceremonies are organised locally and observed at most war memorials across the UK at 11am on the 11th of November, two minutes silence follows. This silence is also broadcast as a special programme across the BBC. At the end of the two minutes a bugler sounds “The Rouse” and normal programming continues.
The first two-minute silence was recorded as follows in the Manchester Guardian on the 12th of November 1919.
“The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect.
The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition.
Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still ... The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain ... And the spirit of memory brooded over it all.”
The 100th anniversary of the end of World War One was marked on 11th November 2018.
This year, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the Poppy Appeal.
“For 100 years, our people have challenged themselves and others to create better futures for those who have served and their families. By working together we’ll make sure that all who have served and sacrificed on our behalf get the fair treatment and recognition they deserve.” – Royal British Legion