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The origin of Remembrance Day


How did Remembrance Day start?

Origin of Remembrance Day

The fighting of World War 1 ended after an armistice was signed by the Allies and Germany on 11 November 1918. They signed the armistice shortly after 5.00am that day, to take effect from 11.00am.

An armistice is an agreement to stop fighting, to enable peace negotiations to take place, but it is not an agreement to surrender and end the war.

Although the eventual agreement to end World War 1 was signed much later - on 28 June 1919 - the war had effectively ended when fighting formally ceased at 11.00am on 11/11/1918 under the armistice.

Each anniversary of 11 November 1918 was at first was called Armistice Day and was acknowledged as a day to remember the soldiers who had been killed during World War 1.

After World War 2, the day was generally called Remembrance Day instead, to recognise that people would wish to remember soldiers who had died in all wars.

Some people in some countries still call the day Armistice Day, some also call it Poppy Day and in the USA it is called Veterans Day. Some countries change the date each year from 11 November to the date of the nearest Sunday, and some make the day a public holiday.

In Australia the day is now called Remembrance Day only, it is always commemorated on 11 November and it is not a public holiday.

More information:
The Allies of World War 1 (Wikipedia)
Armistice with Germany (Wikipedia)
1918: Final Victory and Armistice (Australian War Memorial)
Origins of Remembrance Day (Australian War Memorial)
Origin of Remembrance Day (Department of Veterans' Affairs)



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