Veterans Day 2009, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day: The World Remembers

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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of each year, 11/11/11, November 11, also known as Poppy Day, is the day uniformed veterans stand outside grocery stores and hand out red paper poppies to pin to our coats. As grade school children growing up in the 60s, who knew what the significance was? A red poppy was a red poppy, given by an official uniformed war veteran, and therefore cool to a child.

Poppy Day – Remembrance Day
On November 11th, assemblies will gather all over the world to observe and recognize the significance of this day. Poppies are given out, and poppy wreaths are often placed on the graves of fallen heroes.

Children – young and old alike – can be reminded of the importance of the day, by taking part in special programs and lessons designed to honor the brave soldiers that gave their lives, and also the veterans still alive to remember.

If you are an educator or a parent that wishes to observe the day with your children, take advantage of the educational tools available. Veterans Day 2009 Free Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages are Teaching Kids is one such resource.

11.11.11: What is the Significance of Armistice Day?
Armistice Day – November 11, the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" – marks the anniversary of the Armistice that ended hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War. Every year since World War I, the world has remembered those members of the armed forces who were killed during war. The Day of Remembrance has many different names in different countries, but one thing all nations have in common – "We Will Remember Them".

Veterans Day, Armistice Day and Remembrance Day Around the World

  • United States - Veterans Day
  • France - Remembrance Day
  • UK - Both Remembrance Day and Armistice Day
  • Belgium - Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields
  • Poland - National Day in Poland called Polish Independence Day
  • Italy - Armistice of Villa Giusti (celebrated on November 4th)
  • New Zealand - Armistice Day November 11th - Poppy Day (celebrated on April 24th)

The Significance of Silence
The Two Minutes' Remembrance Silence observed each year at 11 a.m. on 11 November – Armistice Day – was instituted by King George V in 1919 to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of hostilities on the Western Front.

The Remembrance Ceremony
The general outline of the Remembrance Ceremony is as follows:
Presiding Official: "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Remembrance Ceremony"
[Lighting dimmed and a short period of Silence observed.]
The Presiding Official then recites Binyon's lines:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

All present respond: "We Will Remember Them"
[Lighting restored.]

Veterans Day, November 11th, 2009
The Veterans Day National Ceremony will be held on November 11th, 2009 at 11.00 a.m. on Arlington National Cemetery.
See Veterans Day 2009 for a list of closings and events.

Sources: wikipedia;

Written by Donna Diegel
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