“On the 11th month, on the 11th day, at the 11th hour, we will remember”
The first world War is the origin of remembrance day. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of bitter fighting, the Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended.
When in May 1919, an Australian journalist proposed a respectful silence, it was brought to the attention of King George V who issued a proclamation in November which called for a two minute silence. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of hostilities the previous year.
“All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”
After the end of the Second World War in 1945 Armistice Day became Remembrance Day to include all those who had fallen in the two World Wars and other conflicts. To this day, it provides an opportunity to remember those who have died.
On the Sunday nearest to 11 November at 11am each year, a Remembrance Service is held at the Cenotaph
It commemorates British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the two World Wars and later conflicts who gave their lives defending others. The service has changed little since it was first introduced in 1921,with the march of past of war veterans the most poignant gesture of respect for their fallen comrades.
Remembrance Day Tea
Remembrance Day is a time of great reflection, and is particularly poignant with the current conflicts. Full of emotion, and very few words, there is a comfort in being together. At its heart, a remembrance Tea is an opportunity to take time together in spending time with those you love, and who absolutely love you back.
The tea needs to be simple, comforting, with a vintage touch to echo the past. Although simple, it is still a treat, the gift is in provision of some cheerfulness on a day of remembrance. It can be inexpensive but charming, using seasonal ingredients and the hedgerow provide the imagination and the inspiration. Home baked Ham and trout, with plates of bread and butter are savoury treats, with something sweet from hedgerow jams and rose hip jelly. Seasonal apple and blackberry pie, with cup of tea cake for sweet treats, and of course, lashing of freshly brewed tea.
Emma Bridgewater butter dishes and tea pots emblazoned with the union Jack are just the perfect crockery for a Remembrance day Tea.
The poppy has a long association with Remembrance Day. Growing in the disturbed earth of the battle fields, it came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.
Do take time to remember those that gave, and continue to give so much.