The clocks have gone back. The nights are drawing in and the weather has suddenly got very chilly. It’s very easy at this time of year to feel a bit sorry for ourselves isn’t it? To forget the things that really matter. As you probably all know already, this Friday the 11th November 2016 is Remembrance Day, otherwise known as Armistice Day. A day to wear your poppy with pride. But what does it actually mean? Why do we celebrate it? And why do we wear poppies?
Well Armistice Day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11th November 1918. The Armistice essentially ended 4 years of fighting in World War I. This is why we always mark the day by having a 2 minute silence at the 11th hour (11am) on the 11th day of the 11th month. We remember those killed in the two World Wars and the 12,000 British servicemen killed or injured since 1945. Those who sacrificed their lives to make ours better.
Why poppies? Well believe it or not the poppy was the first flowers to grown in the battlefields in Northern France and Flanders. The first sign of life, of peace if you like. I always wear mine with pride and I love to see all the celebrations. I know it’s a big thing for a lot of organisations. Lots of them march on Remembrance Sunday (13th November) including beavers, cubs and scouts. It’s a great thing to see especially seeing the younger generation still wanting to get involved and remember. Let’s hope our footballers are allowed to express themselves by wearing their poppy with pride on the day too.
As if November wasn’t a good enough reason to remember and be thankful, the 13th November is also World Kindness Day. It’s a day to celebrate and promote kindness in any form. So why not cheer yourself and others up by showing a random act of kindness to a stranger. Let’s see if we can all make the world a kinder place, even if it is just for one day!