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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Remembrance Day

Today, the second Sunday in November, is Remembrance Day in the U.K. This is the follow up to Armistice Day which marked the end of the First World War. In place of Armistice Day, Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States. Memorial Day in the United States is what most closely resembles Armistice Day and Remembrance Day throughout most of Europe, Canada, and Australia.

I don't have so much time to post on this properly, but at the behest of my reader, I thought I would at least mention that on this day, we in Europe remember those who have fallen defending the freedom that many enjoy throughout the world. This holiday originated in the U.K. and the celebrations there are the most eleborate. All broadcasters on the English news services wear a red poppy which signifies the blood that was spilled during the trench warfare in World War One and the red poppies that sprung up in the battlefields after the fighting was over.

A moment of silence should be taken by all to remember the brave and the fallen. Let us all think about those who gave their lives so that we could live in freedom.

I certainly am.

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