Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Remembrance Day

Today, now showing at BBC1 is the 90th Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph in Central London where today is the day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is organized by local branches of the Royal British Legion which is an association for ex-servicemen.

Every since i've been in UK, i watched the show as it is an official ceremony held in United Kingdom. Just like in Malaysia, we celebrated Merdeka as the sign of freedom for our country, here they celebrate The Remembrance Day as the day to remember those who sacrifices their lives for the country during war.

It's the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice (surat perjanjian), on the 11th Nov 1918, to signal the end of World War One. However in UK, the main observance is on the 2nd Sunday of November since i assume they only held it on weekend.

Okay, so what happened on this special day?

On this day, members of the Royal family (inc Prince Will -teheheee- and The Queen) walk through the Commonwealth office towards the Cenotaph, then assembling to the right of the monument to wait for the Big Ben to strike 11.00 am, and wait for the King's Troop to fire the cannon marking the commencement of the 2 minutes of silence. I dunno how silent it was during that time, but as what i've watched on telly, it is 2 minutes of silent.

Following this, they start la with all sorts of songs using all sorts of instruments. All i knew that, one of the song is 'Death March' by Beethoven (as said by the telly commentator). Then, according to order, they laid the wreaths made by poppy flowers started by The Queen.

Wreaths made by red poppy flowers

So, why poppy?

According to the telly commentator again, during the end of the war, there are many wild poppy growing in large groups. John Mcrea, a doctor serving duirng the world war composed a poem starring poppies as prominent features during that era. Thus they officially made poppies as a symbol to this special remembrance.


Nowadays, here in UK we can see many people including students, lecturers, bus drivers etc wore artificial poppy on their jacket, shirt, t-shirt. So trendy okay i must say =)

p/s: Entry ini lambat di post. I'm away to Nottingham last weekend and cldnt wait to update =)


* ayu * said...

thnks for the info dear...
seronok pulak dpt bc pasal remeberance day nih..

jgn notty kat nottingham yer.. cnt wait 4 ur updates!

Aida Narina said...

ayu: im so delighted by sharing it =)