|The poppy is a popular emblem worn on November 11th.|
November 11th is a day of remembrance in many countries. For me, the whole month of November is one of both historical significance and personal remembering.
November 11th, 1918 - and the end of World War IWorld War I ended on November 11th, 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was signed. This day was originally referred to by the USA, Canada and Great Britain as Armistice Day.
When I was growing up in Canada, November 11th was always more commonly referred to as Remembrance Day. Felt or plastic poppies were handed out, and on November 11th we all wore them pinned to our clothing. I remember school assemblies and moments of silence. We worked on our penmanship by writing out the words to the poem "In Flanders Fields," written by John McCrae in 1915.
November 11th - and Canada
|I can remember being required to write and memorize the poem “In Flanders Fields”|
November 11th - and EnglandThe year that my family moved to Europe, I was in London, England on November 11th. It was the same week that Princess Anne was getting married, so my memories of public wedding festivities and Remembrance Day ceremonies are a little muddled. Armistice Day is also known as Remembrance Day or Poppy Day in Great Britain. Many citizens wear poppies, and hold a moment or two of silence at 11 am. The main ceremony of remembrance though, occurs on the Sunday closest to November 11th, known as Remembrance Sunday.
November - and SpainGeneralissimo Francisco Franco, a Spanish Dictator for nearly 40 years, died on November 20th,1975 in Madrid. It was a pivotal time for Spain, and an interesting but somewhat frightening time to be living there.
|This is a photo of the newspaper I saved from the week Francisco Franco died.|
November 11 - and the USAIn the United States, the official name of Armistice Day was changed in 1954 to Veterans Day, and it became a day to honor all military personnel who have served our country. To me, this is tragic. Of course I fully support remembering and honoring all of our veterans and everyone who has served our country. What bothers me is that there have been more wars after the “War to End All Wars.” The name of Armistice Day was changed because of the lack of peace our world has suffered since 1918. If only that war really had ended all wars.
November - and my familyNovember is a month of birthdays for my family. Time to reflect on many memories and celebrate the future.
|Happy Birthday to our family members and all those born in November!|
November - and my futureNovember is the month when I became a writer... it is a milestone I like to celebrate!
November 11 - and we have snow on the ground.Yesterday afternoon it was 45 degrees F. (7.2 Celsius) here; 24 hours later it was 10 degrees F. (-12 Celsius) and snowy. Remembering that winter has come much earlier most other years has helped to make today's weather a little more bearable! Speaking of temperatures changing quickly, the tragic Midwestern US Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940 showed just how sudden and severe a storm can be.
|The view out my front window today.|
What is your earliest November memory?