Today is the closest Sunday to Armistice Day, which is 11 November. Armistice Day is the day that WWI, which was supposed to be the War to End all Wars, ended at 11.00am on 11/11/1918. Here in New Zealand, we remember and honour our fallen veterans on ANZAC Day (25th April) but the U.K. (England) and many other countries honour them on Remembrance Sunday. The day is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in most cities, towns and villages, across the U.K., attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and women (principally members of the Royal British Legion), members of local armed forces regular and reserve units (Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines and Royal Marines Reserve, Army and Territorial Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Auxiliary Air Force), military cadet forces (Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps as well as the Combined Cadet Force) and youth organisations (e.g. Scouts, Boys' Brigade, Girls' Brigade and Guides). Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on the memorials and two minutes silence is held at 11 a.m. Church bells are usually rung "half-muffled", creating a sombre effect. A special display was created in London for the 100th Aniversary of WWI in 2014 which reflects deeply on those who gave their lives.
Remembrance Sunday is held "to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts". It is nice to know that they also remember the contribution made by the Commonwealth, they learned trench warfare from the Maori here in New Zealand, but wasted our direct contribution in WWI on the shores of Gallipoli. Our contribution to WWII was taken more seriously and used more effectively, and our pilots and strategist Keith Parks were a vital part of the winning of the Battle of Britian.
As we honour our Fallen and Australia's on ANZAC Day, I am honouring Remembrance Sunday today to honour our Allies fallen. Those, British, Commonwealth, and other nations men and women who gave their lives, in the Storms of War.