7 Remembrance Day Facts to Share with Older Children

Written by Lottie

Let’s wear our poppy this remembrance Sunday
Wear them with pride so their memory will stay.
These facts will help educate the kids on 11th November
Thank you to the soldiers for what you did – we will always remember!

Remembrance Day, or also known as Armistice Day, marks the day World War One ended in 1918. On the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, a two-minute silence is held as a tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

The anniversary is used to remember those who have died not just in World War One, but also World War Two, the Gulf and Falklands Wars, as well as recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Remembrance Sunday is also recognised each year, which falls on the second Sunday in November and ceremonies are held throughout the country at churches, cenotaphs and war memorials.

The Royal Family gather at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London for a memorial service which is televised.

The “Last Post” is traditionally played to mark the start of the two-minute silence in Remembrance Day memorials, and the sounding of “Reveille” or “The Rouse” follows the end of the silence.

The remembrance poppy has been used since 1921 to honour those who died, which was inspired by World War One poem “In Flanders Fields”.

In the few weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday, The Royal British Legion distribute poppies in return for donations to their “Poppy Appeal” which supports current and former British veterans.

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