Armistice day is today 11th November. Armistice was means an agreement, in this case the agreement that ended hostilities between Germany and allies on Weatern front. The agreement came in effect at 11am on 11th November 1918 after being signed earlier in the day between 5.12 and 5.30am. Subsequently following the end of the hostilities on the Western front, World War 1 officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year on 28June1919.
‘The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month’
In the UK in the weeks leading up to Armistice day, poppies are bought to raise funds for the Royal British Legion which support British armed forces, for example, rehabilitation for injured service people.
Armistice day is also called Remberance day. It is about remembering all those who have given their lives serving in the forces or who are prepared to give their lives and also about rembering importance of peace. On the day or the nearest Sunday wreaths are laid on War Memorials which list those who died in the places they stand in World War 1 and 2. At 11am on 11th or nearest Sunday at the war memorials and certain other public places two minute silences are observed to remember and reflect.
Every year paper poppies are sold they are sold with a pin but fall off easily. Now the British legion also see broaches; I had one last year but lost that. Today I’m wearing poppy earrings that I bought from the British Legion.