Today is Armistice Day. Armistice Day is on 11 November and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. A two minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. The anniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars, not just World War One. This includes World War Two, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The first two minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am. This was one year after the end of World War I. He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”
Why do we wear poppies?
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 battlefields after World War I ended.
Here at Aston Childcare we have spoken about why we wear a poppy and enjoyed some poppy related arts and crafts using red and black paint. We decorated a paper plate to resemble a poppy and painted a poppy field using our thumbs to print the poppies!