Remembrance Day

11 November 2019

Remembrance Day is a memorial day to remember the members of their armed forces who have died on duty since World War 1.  Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War 1 on that date in 1918, as the major hostilities of World War 1 were formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918.

Poppies became a symbol of World War 1 because they have grown around some of the places where battles were fought.

World War 1 began on 28th July 1914 and ended on 11 November 1918.  As many as 74,187 Indian soldiers died during the war and a comparable number were wounded.  India contributed a number of divisions and brigades to the European, Mediterranean, Mesopotamian, North African and East African theatres of war.  In Europe, Indian soldiers were among the first victims who suffered the horrors of the trenches.

At Khalsa Primary School, our children took a 2 minute silence in memory of all those who died on duty.  In class, they have been talking about the World War and creating work around this.  Our Reception classes made poppies using paper, paint and straws.