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Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries, such as the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
“Poppy Day” is also a popular term used, particularly in Malta and South Africa. Veterans Day also falls upon this day in the United States, yet many other allied nations have quite different Veterans Days.
The common British, Canadian, South African, and ANZAC tradition includes either one or two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November), as that marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when armistice became effective.
Sound of silence … Thom Yorke in the video for the Remembrance Day single
2 Minute Silence is available to download from iTunes also the single is available on iTunes and on the single’s website at a cost of £1 ($1.62).
Remembrance Day Observance in major Countries
Australia; In Australia Remembrance Day is always observed on 11 November, although the day is not a public holiday.
In Barbados, Remembrance Day is not a public holiday. It is recognized as November 11, yet the parade and ceremonial events are carried out on Remembrance Sunday.
In Canada, Remembrance Day is a public holiday in all provinces and territories except Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba.
New Zealand’s national day of remembrance is Anzac Day, 25 April. “Poppy Day” usually occurs on the Friday before Anzac Day. Armistice Day was observed in New Zealand between the world wars,
In South Africa, Poppy Day is not a public holiday. It takes place on the Saturday nearest to Remembrance Day, though in Cape Town a Remembrance Service is still held on 11 November each year.
In the United Kingdom, although two minutes of silence are observed on 11 November itself, the main observance is on the second Sunday of November,
France & Belgium
Armistice Day (November 11) is a national holiday in France and Belgium.
The German national day of mourning is the secular public holiday of Volkstrauertag , which since 1952 has been observed two Sundays before the first Sunday of Advent; in practice this is the Sunday closest to the 16th of November.
Though not a public holiday, the Remembrance Sunday is observed in Hong Kong, and is marked by a multi-faith memorial service at the Cenotaph in Central, Hong Kong.
Veterans Day is commemorated in the United States on 11 November, and is both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states. However, the function of the observance elsewhere is more closely matched by Memorial Day in May. In the United States, and some other allied nations, 11 November was formerly known as Armistice Day;
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