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Why do we celebrate Remembrance Day? - Community

Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day as it’s also known, marks the very day that World War One ended in 1918. We hold a two-minute silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who have died in any conflict.

It also gives those a chance to remember friends and family they may have lost in conflict, the price of war and a chance to honour and respect those who are no longer with us.

The College is not the only establishment to hold a service, there are normally ceremonies at war memorials, cenotaphs, churches, schools and other businesses across the country.

Why a two-minute silence?

The first two-minute silence was held in 1919 when King George requested it so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”

Why do we wear poppies?

Poppies were one of the first flowers to grow on the battlefields of World War One. The red symbolises the hope after the conflict. They have been used as a symbol since 1920 and any money donated goes to aid the veterans of the armed forces.

Out of the total 45 million poppies that are bought every year in the UK, over 11 million were produced at the Poppy Factory in Surrey.*

How can I get involved?

Donate any spare money you can to buy a poppy – they’re easily available in a range of places from supermarkets to shops – and even at College!

The College will be marking the day at both campuses with a ceremony with Public Services and primary school students from the local community. Head to the pavilion or quad before 11am to take part.

* Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/what-is-armistice-day-why-do-we-wear-poppies-and-when-is-remembr/

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