Remembrance Day is a day of commemoration celebrated in Europe and the Commonwealth. This holiday is intended to recall the sacrifices of the First World War. This day is also known as the Armistice Day. It takes place on November 11 to recall the signing of the 1918 Armistice that ended the First World War.
Traditions differ from country to country. In France, a two-minute silence is respected in tribute to the moment the armistice was implemented. In addition, flower deposits and a flame revival take place.
In Canada, Remembrance Day is a holiday in six of the ten provinces. Only Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia are exceptions.
The flower symbol for this day is the poppy. Indeed, this flower aims to remember those who lost their lives in combat. Indeed, before the First World War, rare was the poppies in Flanders (between France and Belgium). On the other hand, the bombing of the war created very dusty and mineral-rich fields. That's when poppies started growing in this area.
In France, the blueberry is also a symbol that pays tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives during the war. The color is reminiscent of the uniforms of the soldiers.
Although this day is mainly used to remind the public of military sacrifice and the memory of the deads, some ceremonies also aim to remember the horrors of war to get people to promote peace around the world.