November - the Month we Remember
Posted on 3rd November 2018 at 12:47
This year’s Remembrance Day fell on Sunday, which is quite rare. It was a day the world remembered: 11th November.
Not only that but it was exactly 100 years since the Armistice of 1918 was signed.
Following the bloodshed of World War One, which had entered its fifth year of conflict, the signing of the Armistice signalled much needed peace in Europe at 11am prompt – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Following the cessation of hostilities, German troops fell back behind the Rhine.
So how did Armistice Day become Remembrance Sunday?
King George V inaugurated the tradition in 1919 and the scarlet poppy became a familiar emblem due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”, written by John McCrae.
This symbolic flower grew in Flanders, an area which have been devastated by warfare yet somehow thrived amongst the bloodshed.
In 1921, the Royal British Legion was formed and began to sell silk poppies on 11th November, which sold out almost immediately.
Services were held throughout Yorkshire on Sunday 11th November, which will also mark the end of the centenary commemorations of World War One.
There are still lots of sites in the area showing their respect with magnificent poppy displays.
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