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Remembrance Day 2018: November 11 th

Why is November 11 a day of Remembrance? 

This year commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War, in 1918. 
Poems, poetry and exhibitions have been created to pay tribute to the centenary. 
Every year on November 11,  all the countries involved in this global conflict  remember  the past and the bravery of those who fought them. 
Armistice Day takes place on November 11 every year and marks the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on November 11, 1918. 
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. 
The armistice was signed in Ferdinand Foch's railway carriage in the Forest of Compiègne, north of Paris, at 5am on November 11, 1918.
The armistice came into force six hours later, at 11am.
In Britain, a two-minute silence is held to remember those killed in the two World Wars as well as the British servicemen killed or injured since 1945.
Remembrance Day
Why are poppies worn in Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries ?

A famous poem, In Flanders Fields by Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, was inspired by poppies growing in the battle-worn fields. 

The poem was written in 1915, and inspired an American teacher - Moina Michael - to make and sell silk poppies to raise money for the ex-service community.

These poppies travelled to the UK and were adopted by the Royal British Legion as their symbol. 

The poppies are seen as a resilient flower, growing in the battle-torn fields. 

4 -9 Nov. 2018: the French President to tour battlefields

During the First World War, men from around the world lost their lives on battlefields in northern and eastern France. For a little over five days, French President Emmanuel Macron will tour the Grand-Est and Hauts-de-France regions, home to 11 French Departments that were devastated by the war: the Bas-Rhin, Moselle, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Ardennes, Marne, Aisne, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Somme and Oise Departments.


Commemoration of the Armistice of 11 November 1918:

more than 60 Heads of State and Government to meet in Paris


To mark the occasion, more than 120 foreign dignitaries will meet in Paris to remember 1918 and consider the ways in which lessons learned during the war and over the past 100 years can help reshape today’s world.
For the first session of the Paris Peace Forum, dignitaries will work with members of civil society to develop innovative solutions that help rebuild multilateralism.

The 2018 commemoration: A multitude of international projects


In 2018, the Centennial Mission labelled more than 40 international projects in 27 States, including in many countries in Europe (Bulgaria, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Serbia, Spain and more), the Americas (Canada, Mexico, Peru and the United States), Africa (Chad, Mauritania and Tunisia), Oceania (Australia) and Asia (China, India and Thailand).

These projects, many of which had a cultural aspect, celebrated the reconciliation of enemy peoples.

One example was the Franco-German youth orchestra, which was formed for the Centenary of the Armistice to pay tribute to soldiers from both countries.


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