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Armistice Day - 11th Hr, 11th Day, 11th Month

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{moderator - I know this is off topic, but I was shocked by the amount of people who didn't know what wearing poppies was all about. This isn't enough but it's a start - the coloured stuff are quotes - move to off topic at your discretion}

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872-1918)

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Armistice Day is the anniversary of the official end of World War I, November 11, 1918. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies 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." While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the ceasefire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.

Wikipedia

Poppies are red flowers which are worn to show others that you are remembering those who died for their country. The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battle fields after the World War 1 ended. Newsround

During the course of World War One those killed or wounded as a percentage of the countries entire population:

France 11%

Great Britain 8%

Germany 9%

United States 0.3% (did not enter the land war in strength until 1918)

source The Western Front

Mobilized, Killed & Died

(Allied Powers)

Russia 1,700,000

France 1,357,800

British Empire 908,371

Italy 650,000

United States 126,000

Japan 300

Romania 335,706

Serbia 45,000

Belgium 13,716

Greece 5,000

Portugal 7,222

Montenegro 3,000

Allied Powers Total 5,152,115

(Central Powers)

Germany 1,773,7000

Austria-Hungary 1,200,000

Turkey 325,000

Bulgaria 87,500

Central Powers Total 3,386,200

Grand Total 8,538,315

Western Front 1914 - 1918

Perhaps most shocking of all are the ratios of casualties (be they killed, lost in action or wounded) to those mobilized.

Out of a grand total of some 65 million mobilized troups, over half became casualties of the war. Imagine doing your duty for King and Country under those odds ....

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

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On an Air France flight recently I was asked by their 20 something E/Minority cabin attendant what the poppy on my lapel was for........on explaining what it stood for he looked bemused and said 'what ees thees....?

The world must never forget

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