Armistice Day

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AKA NameRemembrance Day, Wapenstilstand
Related Hashtags#Armistice
2022 Date11 November 2022
2023 Date11 November 2023
Armistice Day

Armistice Day History

Armistice Day is a French holiday that commemorates those who died or were injured in World War I. To this day, WWI is still one of the bloodiest and most violent wars to have ever occurred in human history. The holiday also pays respects to those who have been killed or injured in other wars since World War I.

Armistice Day is celebrated on 11 November, coinciding with the day on which the hostilities and fighting of World War I ceased at the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day in 1918. A 2 minute silence is observed at the same time during the day. Armistice Day was first held in 1919 and has since been observed annually.

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Armistice Day Facts & Quotes

  • More than 70 million military personnel were mobilized throughout the WWI on both sides. Most of them were Europeans.
  • 20 million people were killed during World War I. Approximately 9 million were combatants and 7 million were civilians, making it one of the most deadly conflicts in history.
  • World War I used to be commonly referred to as The Great War. In fact, it was not referred to as World War I until after the Second World War occurred.
  • One of the deadliest battles of WWI was the Battle of Somme. It was an offensive battle fought by the French and British against the German Empire from 1 July to 18 November 1916. There was an estimated death toll of 1.1 million.
  • As a soldier, I survived World War I when most of my comrades did not. – Lester B. Pearson, The 14th Prime Minister of Canada.

Armistice Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Wear a poppy pin over your heart. The poppy commemorates those who died in WWI. The poppy was the only colour and sign of life present on the smashed wasteland-like battlefields.
  • Watch a movie or TV show depicting the battles and struggles of WWI. Some of our favourites are: The Lost Battalion (2001), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), War Horse (2011), Admiral (2008) and A Very Long Engagement (2004).
  • Observe a 2 minute moment of silence at 11am on 11 November. While observing the silence think about the men and women who lost their lives during the war and the sacrifice each and every one made to protect the freedom that we all enjoy today.
  • Attend an Armistice or Remembrance Memorial Service. Most nations hold a special vigil in the capital city, others place wreaths and flowers by statues or memorial sites and others host battlefield commemorations on the battle sites.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtag #ArmisticeDay, #LestWeForget, #RememberWWI and #RemembertheFallen.

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