What is it?
Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day marks the end of World War 1 at 11am on the 11th of November 1918. This day was created in memory of the many who have lost their lives in war – not just during WW1 but WW2, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On this day since 1919, a two minute silence is held across the nation so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead” – King George V.
Inspired by the fields of poppies that grew where many of the battles were fought, poppies are worn by millions as a symbol to remember all of the people who have given their lives for their country in war.
Red: The red poppy is the most famous symbol, used to commemorate those who made the sacrifice
Purple: Worn by those that feel the services of animals like horses, dogs and pigeons etc drafted into the war should be seen as equal to that of human service.
Black: Commonly associated with the commemoration of black, African and Caribbean communities’ contribution to the war effort as servicemen, servicewomen, and as civilians.
White: The white poppy is handed out by a charity called Peace Pledge Union, which promotes peace; they say that the white poppy commemorates people who died in conflict, but focuses on achieving peace and challenging the way we look at war.
Poppies are available for purchase at the reception throughout the week, be sure to purchase one on your way in, and don’t forget to hold your two minute silence in remembrance of our soldiers. A two minute silence will also be held in the hospitality area for those who would like to join.