Poppy appeal

The armed forces turn out at Paddington station for remembrance Sunday.

It's that time of year where we remember the armed forces that fought for our country and the freedoms that we now take for granted.

Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day, is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. This year is a special date, also being the 11th year of the century.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

I'm wearing my poppy with pride.


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