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Remembrance Day / Armistice Day

Armistice Day marks the ceasefire that began at 11am on 11 November 1918 and brought an end to fighting in the First World War. The alternative name Remembrance Day was adopted in many countries after the Second World War. Now known by both names, the day commemorates all those who have died in conflict, and is officially symbolised by red poppies. In the UK, a two-minute silence is held at 11am on 11 November every year.  The National Service of Remembrance, and other national and local commemorations, take place on Remembrance Sunday. This is always the Sunday closest to Remembrance Day (usually the second Sunday in November).