Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, but specifically since the First World War of 1914-1918. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.
It is traditional to sell red poppies in the two weeks approaching November 11, the first official British Legion Poppy Day being held in Britain on 11 November 1921. The poppy's significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields.
The British School of Kuwait held a Remembrance Service with Guest of Honour Colonel John Ensor, Defence Attache at the British Embassy. The service included readings from Year 10 Drama students, a poppy display from Year 6 Design and Technology students and the playing of the Last Post and Reveille by Mr Gary Ruston.
The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that blossomed across some of the worst battlefields of the Flanders and Picardy regions of Belgium and Northern France during and after World War I. Their red colour is an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare. The money collected is used to provide help and welfare for people in the Military Services and civilians, past and present and their families who have suffered as a result of military conflict.
Students from Year 11 at The British School of Kuwait have been selling the poppies within the school during break times and at other school events over the last two weeks. It is suggested that the poppy is worn on the left lapel, or as near to the heart as possible. Whilst the donations are so important, it is the wearing of the poppy that is most significant, representing the support and empathy that is felt for all those who have made any sacrifice in past or present conflicts in order that future generations might not need to experience the same horrors of war.
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