Remembrance Day drink coasters

Armistice Day – Remembrance Day drink coasters

Do you need Remembrance Day drink coasters for November 11th?


What is Remembrance Day?

This day marks the day World War One ended. At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.

Originally called Armistice Day. A one minute silence is observed at 11am to remember the soldiers who died in World War 1.

Today the loss of Australian  lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day.


What do people do on Remembrance Day?

In Australia, at 11am local time, people stop what they are doing to dedicate a minute of silence for those who died in war. It doesn’t matter who you are. People from all walks of life,  young or old, respectfully observe this tradition.

Employers and employees  stop what they are doing at 11am for a minute of unified silence before re-commencing  work. There is not even a sound on the radio!


Symbols

Red poppies.

The Flanders poppy. Ironically these blood red poppies grew naturally in the barren battlefields of France and Belgium during World War I.

Rosemary.

This aromatic herb symbolizes friendship, loyalty and is a sign of remembrance. It is also found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.


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, flyremembrance drink coaster
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.


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