Lest we forget.
Today is #RemembranceDay2020. We may not be able to mark this occasion all together as we usually do, but our students and staff will still observe a #TwoMinuteSilence at 11am.
We encourage you all to join us in this silence, wherever you are. 🌹
What is Armistice Day and why do we mark this day in Britain?
Here's an explanation from @RoyalBritishLegion: "The Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations, began at 11am on 11 November 1918.
Armistice is Latin for to stand (still) arms.
To this day we mark Armistice Day around the United Kingdom with a Two Minute Silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.
Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth. We will remember them."
Remembrance and the poppy... why a poppy?
"The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and hope, including hope for a positive future and peaceful world.
They are a show of support for the Armed Forces community, those currently serving, ex-serving personnel and their families; and a symbol of Remembrance for all those who have fallen in conflict.
John McCrae wrote the poem 'In Flanders Fields' which inspired the use of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.
In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his now famous poem after seeing poppies growing in battle-scarred fields."
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