The First World War, also known as the Great War, was the beginning of modern technological warfare, responsible for the deaths of milions of people around the world.
King George V. initiated a 2 minute silence in every year on 11th of November at 11 o’clock. This commemoration is for the soldiers who died for their home.
These festivities are held on the closest Sunday to 11th of November, but many people the distinctive little badge from late October onwards. Its purpose, in facts, to commemorate the end of the First World War. 11.11.1918.
In these days, Remembrance Day has many forms of commemoration, including many services, shows and parades. For example, in London, the Queen of England and other members of the royal family, governement representatives and soldiers march along the fallen’s tombs. Also celebrities and civilians commemorate.
This 2 minute silence is strictly observed to commemorate for all those who gave their lives in the First World War for their homeland and this commemoration is not only for those who served in the First World War, but for all the victims who served in any wars.
Te popular symbol for Remembrance Day is poppy, which is placed on a prominent place, usually on their left side.
And why exactly did poppy become the symbol of this holiday? The story goes to the Napoleonic wars. At the beginning of the 19th century, wars caused enormous destructions. Later, blood red poppies grew out of the barren land, which were believed that is because of the fallen victims’. They tought that these poppies are the victims’ soul and sprouted from their hearts, (thats why they are red).