Remembrance Day is a day to honor and remember the soldiers, sailors and airmen who died during the service to their country. It is a holiday much like Veteran’s Day in the United States, and is observed in the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth Of Nations. This day – also known as Poppy Day – is observed on November 11th because that is the date in 1918 when general hostilities ceased during World War I, although the war didn’t officially end until 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed.
The Remembrance Day ceremony in the Commonwealth usually begins with a bugle or trumpet call called “The Last Post” which is then followed by two minutes of silence. After this period of silence, the observance then proceeds with the sounding of another bugle call – either Reveille or The Rouse – which is then followed by the Ode Of Remembrance, which is taken from the Laurence Binyon poem entitled ‘For the Fallen’. A poem that first appeared in The Times in 1914. While this poem is recited, there are a handful of songs that are usually played during the service. This includes “Flowers Of The Forest” and “I Vow to Thee, My Country.” Services can often also include blessings, national anthems, color guards and the laying of wreaths. Night vigils may or may not be part of the ceremony as well.