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Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day, in the British Commonwealth, is a memorial day to remember members of the armed forces who have fallen in the line of duty. The closest American equivalent would be Memorial Day. It is observed on November 11, as hostilities in World War I officially ended at 11 AM, 11 November. Does your nation have an equivalent, either today or another day, and if so, what do you do?

If you're interested in learning more about Remembrance Day, and also Remembrance Sunday (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Sunday), you can look at the Wikipedia page :https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day Also, there are plenty of people here on Duolingo who will be happy to answer questions about their specific country.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
jolynnedougherty
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Here in the US, we are celebrating Veteran's Day, which used to be called Armistice Day, which commemorated the signing of the treaty at Versailles which ended WWI. On Memorial Day, which was also called Remembrance Day, we remember all lives that have been lost in the service of their country (at least military wise, I am not sure if police and firemen are included). We here across the pond are remembering the lives lost with you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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It is still Armistice Day for us.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Coconutti

My great nan died this year on Easter Sunday and she helped in the army

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NancyMihalich
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I enjoyed reading your link "In Flanders Field." November 11 was originally called Armistice Day because it was on this date in 1918 the Allies and Germany signed an armistice agreement to end hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War. The armistice was signed outside Paris at 6 a.m. in the railway carriage of Allied Commander Ferdinand Foch, and the cease-fire took effect five hours later: at "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Thanks for the comment. Very accurate data.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Yeah, I know about Veteran's Day, I just forgot to mention it. Thank you for your comment.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Do you wear poppies where you are?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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Sometime the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) will collect money outside of stores. In exchange for the donation, they will give you a paper poppy that you can wear. To be honest, I can't remember if it was for Memorial Day, (I'm leaning towards that) or if it was Veteran's Day. It was always the older vets, WWII or Korean War Vets who manned those posts. I haven't seen anyone do it in a while. Poppies for remembrance.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Here we have the Poppy Appeal, which has donation things in many stores. Also there are people with them on main streets. Do you know if that was regional, or all the Us?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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I'm in Western PA and am unfamiliar with the Poppy Appeal. Did they have boxes on counters where people could put their spare change in? The only people collecting donations that I was familiar with were the members of the VFW.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Oh, the Poppy Appeal is British, which is probably why you don't know it. They have boxes with the plastic/paper poppies, you donate a pound, and take a poppy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rockchik94

same

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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In America, today is Veteran's Day where we remember those who graciously are/did serve our country. Since have many veterans in my friends and family and I used to work with elders, some of whom fought in WWI and WWII, I always make it a point to thank them because without them, our country wouldn't be where it is today. As far as my family goes, on my mother's side, I have 1 cousin who served as a Marine, 1 cousin who served in the Navy, 1 cousin who served in the Army, my grandfather who served in WWII (RIP), and one cousin who just got accepted into the Navy last year. On my father's side, I have my father who served as Navy JAG and my grandfather (RIP) who served in the Navy as well. I also have a friend who was one of the first Women in Combat and her husband who is currently serving our country (both from the Army). I also know someone who is currently working with an agency to help rehabilitate our veterans and get them back on their feet.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monsieur_Bovary
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Veterans are often used as a propaganda tool by governments, but their real material and moral needs are too often neglected... your friend/loved one who is helping rehabilitating them is doing something very meaningful.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Thank you. And thank you for YOUR service to your country, even if you don't serve in any of the armed forces.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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You're welcome! I always admire what they do, but I couldn't imagine the sacrifices they make/made, even when they aren't serving us. My cousin for instance, might be celebrating his first Christmas away from home (he just got his assignment to go overseas). Right now he is back home, celebrating an early Thanksgiving, as he'll be back at his station in a few days and won't be here for Thanksgiving. I couldn't even begin to imagine what that would be like.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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I know. I don't think people realize what it's like until it happens to you, or a relative, or close friend.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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I'm in Canada, so I have Remembrance Day also. Just leaving to go to a big parade, actually...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Is Remembrance Day a public holiday there?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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Yes.

Edit: Apparently not all of Canada.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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OK. You wear poppies there as well, right? Only they look different from British, Australian, whatever, ones.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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The pins sold here look like this:

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knittingirl
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Ooh, that's nice :) This is what a typical British poppy looks like You can also buy little pins, plus some people will knit/crochet/sew their own.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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The ones I've seen look a bit different from knittingirl's picture. They look like these:

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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@jolynnedougherty Thanks for the link. I suppose I should have put that in the main post. It's amazing how many Americans don't know that poem, and I'm happy to find one who does.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Yes, that is different. I think they're prettier, though. And more realistic.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/F.Liszt1811

that's nice

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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Yes, it is. Lots of military parades and ceremonies and such.

What do your poppies look like?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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knittingirl posted a picture a little up this thread for our poppies.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juryrigging
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Don't forget the 2 minute silence at 11am.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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No, I was remembering that, I just forgot to mention it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty
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I wish we had that as a nation. Veteran's Day here for many has become a day for sales and not as much remembering. So many lives lost on both sides.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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So many things have lost their original meaning, and become, as you call it, a day for sales, but this I think is one of the saddest to be losing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

I was born the first year of WW II, with many family members serving, so it is an important day for me. At our high school, one of the first projects of the year for our drama club was to research and write a small drama about the war and its veterans to present in a school assembly honouring Remembrance Day. I was so pleased and proud that our young people took the day seriously, and truly honoured those who had fought for the freedom of our country.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Yes, it is good when young people truly honor and respect those who gave all they could give.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/F.Liszt1811

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monsieur_Bovary
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In Italy, November 4 (Giorno dell'Unità Nazionale e Festa delle Forze Armate - National Unity and Armed Forces Day) marks the end of WWI, and all our fallen military men and our Armed Forces are honored.

It used to be a public holiday until 1976, but it is still celebrated with a military parade and several events all over Italy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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So do many people get the day off work, school, etc. still? Or are all the events before and after work/school hours?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monsieur_Bovary
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No, no day off.

Schools often organize remembrance events during school hours; many events are also organized on the weekend preceeding/following November 4, so that people who work can still attend them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Ah, I see. So the weekend preceeding/following is the equivalent of Remembrance Sunday?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monsieur_Bovary
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Kinda.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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OK, thanks for the info.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/F.Liszt1811

I am rembering the soldiers who died.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rockchik94

i visit my grandfathers grave

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