11/11/2013 12:35pm, #1
Monday, November 11 Veterans Day 2013
"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.""Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez
11/11/2013 2:04pm, #2
In Canada it is Remembrance Day today, and everyone wears a red poppy. There are services across the country which are growing in attendance each year, probably due to Canada's active participation in war of late. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we all pause for a moment of silence.
11/11/2013 2:22pm, #3
11/17/2013 4:13pm, #4
We have Remembrance Sunday - the closest Sunday to 11th Nov - and it is televised. The Queen, Prime Minister and Party Leaders, Heads of the Services and Commonwealth Ambassadors/Ministers all lay wreaths. Then comes the March Past by the Comrades/Regimental/Corps Associations, who also lay wreaths. That's the part I like to watch.
Additionally, on the day of the 11th Nov, Whitehall is again closed to Traffic and the Ministry of Defence and others - all in uniform - also attend to pay respects in a short service.
Also, the Jewish Ex-Servicemen's League hold their own ceremony some days after 11th Nov.
Poppies are very widely worn.
There is also a Garden Of Remembrance signifying those who died in Service and these are arrayed in Regimental/Corps groups in the grounds of Westminster Abbey.
Finally, the Govt instituted a 2 mins silence - this sometime during John Major's time as PM. Probably because so many nowadays had so little awareness of The Great War and World War 2, still less of the Korean War etc.