The Importance of November 11 Around the Globe

Please take a minute out of your busy day or evening at 11:11 AM or PM local time to remember those that gave their lives for their countries and for the family and friends left behind. If you meet a military person anywhere today or if you know a family who’s love one is serving, please take a few minutes to chat with them to thank them for their or their loves one’s service to whatever country you live in. But UNLESS you were in the military do not salute the military personnel as that is a right that only those who serve have the right and privilege to do to each other. If possible, make a small donation to whatever type of organization you have in your country to help them help those who are still servings and families of past and present military personnel. Thank you! The following articles help to try to explain why this day is so important in so many countries surrounding the globe. Much of it of information explains how WWI ended on this day.

United Kingdom and Some of Its Commonwealth’s Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is observed in Canada (and other Commonwealth nations, which include 53 member states, nearly all of them former territories of the British Empire) on November 11. It carries much of the same meaning as America’s Veterans Day. Celebrated since the end of WWI, Remembrance Day actually marks Armistice Day — the day on which the hostilities between the Allies and Germany ceased on the Western Front.


Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day due to the symbol of the remembrance poppy, is a day observed in Commonwealth member states. Countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom observe Remembrance Day on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.


At 11 A.M. on November 11, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the Germans back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November, the Germans called for an armistice, or suspension of…

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United States of America Veterans Day

Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans, including those still with us.


Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11. It’s a holiday honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, on the anniversary of the end of World War I.


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Today in History – November 11

Veterans Day

The Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany at Compiégne, France, at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918, bringing the war now known as World War I to a close.

President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day the following year on November 11, 1919, with these words:“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” Originally, the celebration included parades and public meetings following a two-minute suspension of business at 11:00 a.m.

Between the world wars, November 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day in the United States, Great Britain, and France. After World War II, the holiday was recognized as a day of tribute to veterans of both wars. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars. British Commonwealth countries now call the holiday Remembrance Day.

In an interview with the Federal Writers’ Project, World War I veteran Andrew Johnson remembered how his regiment…

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