Remembrance Sunday.

@garymarsh6 (14430)
United Kingdom
November 8, 2015 11:24am CST
Today marked the occasion throughout the UK of Remembrance Sunday. The whole of the country from small villages to towns and cities including London mark this day by laying poppy wreaths at the cenotaph. The Queen attended the Cenotaph in Whitehall this morning and laid a wreath on behalf of the Nation to remember those lost in wars. Originally it was to remember the 1st world war but now it is also for subsequent wars whether as far back as the 2nd world war up to recent times. All wars are terrible with a terrible waste of life not just for our own war dead or injured but also the supposed enemy. Afterall they are someones brother, sister, son, brother, daughter, father, mother, cousin friend. When one is killed in action the ripple effect goes on and on and affects many. We wear a poppy as a matter of respect to those who have lost their lives. They are made by the Royal British Legion an organisation that takes care of servicemen and women and their families who have been in the forces and have been injured or killed. On Wednesday 11th Of the 11th Month at 11AM the country will also hold a two minutes silence in memory of the ending of World War 1. Radio stations fall silent train stations come to a standstill and some shops close their tills for the two minute silence. The poppy is the symbol of the Royal British legion and came about because of the thousands of poppies that grew on the Fields of Flanders where many lost their lives. The photo is of a memorial and a tree decorated with poppies. Sadly the tree blew down in a storm shortly after I took this photo and blocked the road.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
8 Nov 15
The Queen and DOE always look so dignified at these events.
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• Greece
9 Nov 15
They are veterans themselves of course. I sometimes think that they must long to go home and put their feet up.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
9 Nov 15
@41CombedaleRoad My friend's 90 year old father goes quite often but it's a cold time of year for the old soldiers and they made the ceremony shorter this year in recognition of their age.
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@destry (2563)
• Kirkwall, Scotland
8 Nov 15
We attended a small memorial service in our village - it was great to see how many people turned up. We live in a small remote village, and about half the residents showed up from old to school children. Really pleased to see so many people wearing their medals and vet badges.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 15
I love it too. It is part and parcel of our traditions and it would be sad to see it dwindle and fade away.
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@TheHorse (72320)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Nov 15
Sounds lovely. And yet we will go to war again and again.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
Sadly that is true why does man never learn from their mistakes!
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• Greece
9 Nov 15
@garymarsh6 as the song goes 'where have all the flowers gone' - that always used to depress me when I heard it being sung.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
@41CombedaleRoad Yes I know what you mean there!
@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
8 Nov 15
We have our poppy day on 25 April, ANZAC Day.
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@destry (2563)
• Kirkwall, Scotland
8 Nov 15
Is that the same day that your neighbours - the Oz's celebrate Anzac day?
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 15
OH right well that seems sensible. I visited the beaches in Gallipoli it is a beautiful place now but must have been hell on earth back then!
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@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
8 Nov 15
@destry I think so, but mow you have me guessing. Presumably since it's about us
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@LadyDuck (175772)
• Switzerland
9 Nov 15
Italians had their poppy day last 4th of November. I have to say that I appreciate how much British celebrate this day, we had almost nothing in our country. It's a shame.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
It is a shame Anna.
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@GreatMartin (5706)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
9 Nov 15
I remember as a kid people selling (paper) poppies on Veteran's Day (which is celebrated on the 11th of November in the USA) but I don't recall the last time I saw one.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
You also celebrate Veterans day which is something we don't sadly!
• Canada
9 Nov 15
Canada celebrates the same Remembrance Day with poppies on Nov 11.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
I remember someone last year said Canada also celebrates with the poppy!
@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Nov 15
We have Armistice Day on November 11, the day of the Armistice. Of course, now they call it Veterans Day. And the Veterans still sell poppies. It seems that the tradition of that is beginning to die out, though.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
Shame really considering how many young men have lost their lives in recent years!
9 Nov 15
i think that 2 minute moment of silence sounds like a good way to show your respect and admiration. We don't do anything like that here, although we do "celebrate" Veteran's Day
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
9 Nov 15
At least you are celebrating something.
@petertheo (148)
• South Africa
10 Nov 15
My Dad and two of my uncles fought in WW2. One of them was killed in North Africa - I never met him of course. Dad was captured and taken to a POW camp at Modena in Italy from where he managed to escape to Switzerland until the end of the war.
@Tampa_girl7 (26198)
• United States
9 Nov 15
We celebrate Veterans Day on November 11 th.