By: Essa Nazari
Today is Remembrance Day and for many muggle-born students, it is a day that we pause and remember those who have served and died in the various armed forces of our country. It is an international holiday, and our American Professors know it as Veteran’s Day. It is a day of solemn ceremonies that find their roots all the way back in the early Twentieth Century after the Great War (First World War). This day was originally known as Armistice Day only to have its name changed at the start of the Second World War.
This day marks the day, to the hour, that the armistice ending the first modern war was signed. On the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” and starting in 1919, a year after the treaty was signed, people began honouring those who died by leaving wreaths at war memorials around the country along with the Buckingham Palace having an official ceremony. And ever since then it has become a national day of remembrance of those who gave it all to serve their country.
People began to wear red poppies on their left shoulder, a green positioned at the eleven o’clock hour and the tradition continues on today. Even the poppy flower is rich in tradition. The flower itself is a symbol of sleep, peace and death. Sleep because it can be used as a sedative, death in because of it’s red and black colouring. Later the poppy flower was used to in John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
So, today, which is the eleventh day and at the eleventh hour, lets all pause and remember those who gave it all to protect our home, no matter what world you are from.