Published on November 5th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings0
A Time Of Remembrance
Over the course of the next few days, countries across the Commonwealth will come together to remember members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Firstly is Remembrance Sunday which always falls on the second Sunday In November. The annual Cenotaph parade in Whitehall will see poppy wreaths laid by members of the royal family, politicians and the military.
Three days later is Armistice Day itself which marks the day World War One ended. The significance of the date lies in the fact that it was 11th November 1918 that the armistice was signed between the allied forces and Germany. Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The two minute silence at 11am on Remembrance Day is held in honour of those who lost their lives in conflicts around the world, not just World War One.
Significance of the red poppy
The red poppy is a well recognised emblem associated with Remembrance Sunday, and Armistice Day which raises money for the Royal British Legion.
Coinciding with the same year that the Royal British Legion was formed, the first ever ‘Poppy Appeal’ took place in 1921. The charity, which is a campaigning voice for the ex-Service community, expects that 45 million people will wear a poppy this year which remains an enduring national symbol.
Monies raised via the poppy appeal
Each £1 donated for a poppy goes towards a wide range of services and support for war veterans, serving personnel and their families as detailed in the fun animation video below.
As well as a team of predominately disabled and service connected individuals who work all year round to produce these poppies worn with pride, commemorative coins have been issued once again paying tribute to the fallen.
These include a Brilliant Uncirculated £5 version created by Glyn Davies, inspired by personal loss and the transformation of Flanders Fields. The Coin is accompanied by ex-servicemen Anthony Devanny’s heartfelt poem We Who Remain.