Today, 11th November is known as Armistice Day. At 11am on 11th November 1918 the ceasefire that marked the end of the First World War started and at this time every year we remember, all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11th November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain.
This year the commemorations here in the UK have been more high profile as we commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.
I recently visited the Imperial War Museum which has several exhibitions dedicated to the memory of this terrible war. There is a First World War Gallery where you can discover the story of the First World War through the lives of those who experienced it both on the front line and at home. The museum has also curated the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years, this major retrospective reveals how artists helped commemorate the First World War and shape a memory of the conflict that endures to this day. Both exhibitions are well worth a visit and are free and on until 2015.
However, the most popular commemoration has been at The Tower of London where a major artistic installation entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ sees the dry moat filled with over 800,000 ceramic poppies to create a powerful visual statement. Each poppy represents each British and Colonial fatality during the First World War.Here are some stunning images of this amazing and thought proving piece of art.
“We will remember them”