Week 9 - Remembrance

Remembrance Sunday takes place every November. Remembrance Sunday is the day when we remember all the servicemen and women who were killed or injured in the First and Second World Wars, and those who have been killed or injured in more recent wars and conflicts.

Remembrance Day itself is on 11 November, but in this country, most events take place on Remembrance Sunday, which is the nearest Sunday to 11 November.

At the eleventh hour (11 o’clock) on the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November), the armistice to end the First World War came into effect. The day was originally called ‘Armistice Day’, but after the Second World War, it was renamed ‘Remembrance Day’.

Many soldiers and other people wrote poems about their experiences in the two World Wars. Part of one poem called ‘For the fallen’, written by a man called Laurence Binyon, has become very famous. Part of this poem is read at many Remembrance Day services and parades and is known as the ‘Ode of Remembrance’:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.

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