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Remembrance day

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April Ward

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of Remembrance day

The Great War

It was supposed to be the war to end all wars
What is Armistice Day?
A two-minute silence is observed at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month because this is when the Great War, or the First World War, came to an end in 1918.

But now, this anniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars since the First World War.

Why hold a two-minute silence?
The first two-minute silence was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am. This was one year after the end of the First World War.

Why do people wear poppies?
The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the First World War ended.

Poppies are also used to raise money for all the old soldiers who are still alive.

Dulce et Decorum Est
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! –  An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; 
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,  And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . . 
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, 
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

Wilfred Owen 1893-1918
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