ARMISTICE DAY

gothgirl

Wallasey, United Kingdom

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armistice day
Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on November 11 and
commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I
and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on
the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning
— the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” 1918.
While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the cease
fire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions,
especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old
Ottoman Empire.

The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to
commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during
war. An exception is Italy, where the end of the war is commemorated
on 4 November, the day of the Armistice of Villa Giusti. Called
Armistice Day in many countries, it was known as National Day in
Poland (also a public holiday) called Polish Independence Day. After
World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in
the United States and to Remembrance Day in countries of the British
Commonwealth of Nations. Armistice Day remains an official holiday in
France. It is also an official holiday in Belgium, known also as the
Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields.

In many parts of the world people take a two-minute moment of silence
at 11:00 a.m. as a sign of respect for the roughly 20 million people
who died in the war, as suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter
to a British newspaper although Wellesley Tudor Pole established two
ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.

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