Remembrance Day is commemorated every year on November 11th to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France. It marked the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the ‘Eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ in 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations and coincides with Veterans’ Day.
In recent years, Remembrance Sunday has become increasingly recognised and many people now attend the 11am ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. The event is organised by the Royal British Legion, a charity dedicated to preserving the memory of those who served in the First World War, as well as veterans of all the following wars involving British and Commonwealth troops.
In cities, towns and villages, poppy wreaths and wooden crosses are laid across graves and memorial statues to commemorate fallen soldiers. Servicemen and women stand in silence for two minutes. The poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ is read out in many places. To read the full poem, visit this website http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm
At Malton School we always sell poppies to remember the tragic losses in the wars. One of our students played the Last Post at 11am. This year it was Isaac Rice, year 10. It was heard by students in their classrooms after our two minutes’ silence.
During the wars several former students went to fight in the war and died so remembering those who have lost their lives in war is something that is very dear to our school.
By Lily Thompson, Year 9