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the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, on Nov 11, 1918, now kept on Remembrance SundayUS name: Veterans Day See also Remembrance Sunday
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What is Armistice Day?

Armistice Day is the anniversary of November 11, 1918, when an armistice agreement was signed halting the fighting in World War I.

The name Armistice Day sometimes also refers to the day that the armistice was signed.

In the U.S., the name of Armistice Day has been changed to Veterans Day, which now commemorates all veterans of the U.S. armed forces, especially those who died in combat.

In the U.K., military members who lost their lives in both World Wars and other conflicts are commemorated on Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, chosen due to being the closest Sunday to the anniversary of the armistice.

In Canada, Australia, and other places, November 11 is observed as Remembrance Day, which also commemorates those who died in both World Wars.

When is Armistice Day?

Armistice Day is observed on November 11, the anniversary of the day in 1918 when the armistice was signed.

More information and context on Armistice Day

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. But fighting halted on November 11, 1918, when an armistice was reached by the Central Powers and the Allies.

An armistice is a temporary truce that halts fighting in order to negotiate terms of peace. In World War I, the armistice marked the end of warfare, with the official peace treaty coming several months later.

Armistice Day is often a time of somber commemoration. It’s observed with memorial services and wreath-laying ceremonies at gravesites and monuments. Sometimes, a two-minute period of silence is observed at 11 a.m., the time that the armistice was signed.

A popular symbol to commemorate and honor veterans is the red poppy. Some wear white poppies to commemorate all victims of war and to symbolize peace.

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How is Armistice Day discussed in real life?

Armistice Day is still observed, but in many places, there are also related observances that go by other names, including Veterans Day (U.S.), Remembrance Sunday (U.K), and Remembrance Day (Canada).

 

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