Tag Archives: Armistice Day

November 11, Veterans Day, 2013, Poppy Day Efforts In The U.S.A. — American Poppy Day Traditions.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


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Click to access U.S. ‘American Legion Auxiliary’ Website.


November 11, Remembrance Day (my ‘Poppy Day’) 2013: The Official Royal British Legion Site & Shop

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


At Least for us Brits this is the Mother Ship when it comes to Poppy Day.

Click to access. Nice site. You will enjoy.

Click to access. Nice site. You will enjoy.


The Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Shop’

Click to access.

Click to access.

I want to get one of these pins so I can wear it in early November each year.

Just e-mailed them to see IF they handle shipments to the U.S. Might be too late for this year.

But, I now have another item I can tell Deanna to get me for Christmas. Can’t make up my mind about the underlined Buckley or the Reflective Ruby to the left of it. Might have to do what my adoptive mother did when she was forced to make a choice like this. I will have to get both! 


London 2013, November 11, Remembrance Day (WW I Armistice Anniversary)

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


Click to access.

Click to access.


November 11, Poppy Day or Remembrance Day (Armistice Anniversary) Coming Up. 1931 Announcement From Perth, Australia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
3/ Canadian ‘Remembrance Day’ Poppies … — July 11, 2013.
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Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE
above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.


Remembrance Day (Armistice Anniversary) Announcement
in Perth, Western Australia ‘The Daily News’
From November 9, 1931.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original.

Click this link to access original at ‘trove.nla.gov.au’.

Here is the link.


Dedicated Page To Chronicle Our “Poppy Day” & Related Information ….

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
3/ Canadian ‘Remembrance Day’ Poppies … — July 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

Nancy alluded to the fact that it would be nicer if all the ‘posts’ were in one place.

Her wish is my command.


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Here is the link.

Poppy Story: The Evolution From The Great War, Through Armistice Day — Per ‘Nancy’, From Ontario, Canada.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ King George V’s ‘Great Silence’ proclamation … — July 9, 2013.
2/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
3/ Canadian ‘Remembrance Day’ Poppies … — July 11, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


From Nancy. Click to ENLARGE. Refer to above links, especially for the proclamation and  Edward George Honey letter ...

From Nancy. Click to ENLARGE. Refer to above links, especially for the proclamation and Edward George Honey letter …


Please refer to the above links for more background & context.

King George V’s November 7, 1919, Proclamation Introducing The 2 Minute ‘Great Silence’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
2/ ‘Blood Red Poppy Plaque’, Ontario, Canada … — July 3, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


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From http://www.salegion.co.za/two-minutes-silence.html. Click image to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access original.


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From http://www.thetwominutesilence.co.uk/history. Click image to ENLARGE. Click link below to access the original.

Click here to access original.


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From http://www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how/silence.shtml. Click image to ENLARGE. Click link below to access original.

Click here to access original.


Nancy's transcript of the King's proclamation. Scanned image cope she sent to me. Click to ENLARGE.

Nancy’s transcript of the King’s proclamation. Scanned image cope she sent to me. Click to ENLARGE.


My continuing efforts, at the urging of ‘Nancy’, to accurately document as much of this history as possible.

The above BBC page has more of the Edward George Honey letter than I had in my earlier post. So that is good.

I would love to get my hands on the 7 November 1919 The Times of London with the actual proclamation.

Thank you, Nancy.

Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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Plaque in memory of Australian Edward George Honey in “Kings Domain”, Birdwood Avenue, City of Melbourne, Down Under.


Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, contributed by ‘Nancy’
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque‘ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


London Evening News in 1918.

On May 8, 1919, a letter to the editor signed ‘Warren Foster’ appears in London Evening News proposing the first anniversary of the armistice ending World War I 1918 November 11th, be commemorated by several moments of silence.

The author, actually an Australian journalist named George Edward Honey, living in London (U.K.), after being invalided out of the in the British army with a leg injury, was concerned about the huge celebrations on the streets on “Victory Day” 1918.

He suggested a silent commemoration of the sacrifices made and the lives lost during the war would be a far more appropriate way to mark the first anniversary of its end – the first “Armistice Day” in 1919.

Placement of the above plaque.

“Five little minutes only, silent minutes of national remembrance.  A very sacred intercession. Communion with the Glorious Dead who won us peace, and from the communion new strength, hope and faith in the morrow. Church services, too, if you will, but in the street, the home, the theatre, anywhere, indeed, where Englishmen and their women chance to be, surely in this five minutes of bitter-sweet silence there will be service enough.”

Honey’s letter did not immediately bring about a change but a similar suggestion was made to Sir Percy Fitzpatrick that October, reaching King George V, who on November 7, 1919, made an official proclamation, practicality setting it as a 2 minute period of silence (as opposed to ‘5’), beginning with the first stroke of the hour of 11 am November 11th across the Empire.

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We today are used to gatherings at local cenotaphs but most weren’t up yet in 1919. These monuments seem to have killed the brilliant idea of a stoppage in ordinary places to reflect individually, no dignitaries and school children and old guys having photo ops.

“Poppy Day” Tradition In Canada & The Plaque That Hangs In The ‘Prince Arthur Hotel’ In Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Prior posts:
>> Poppy Day, November 11, British Remembrance Day:
>> A Beautiful Tradition — Nov. 10, 2012.

>> Poppy Day, 2012: President Obama
>> In Arlington Without One — Nov. 11, 2012.
>> I ask President Obama to wear a poppyNov. 11, 2012.



To See a more detailed picture of this plaque
taken June 2013 — click.


From a contributor from Ontario, Canada.

This above plaque hangs in the lobby of the Prince Arthur Hotel in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, the amalgamation of twin cities Fort William and Port Arthur in 1970.

Mme. Anna Guerin, wife of a French jurist and founder of a Paris war orphanage reached out to North American for financial support. She was aware of Canadians’ strong association between the Flanders poppy and their heavy overseas losses, their “fallen” soldiers, since late December 1915 when an little poem “In Flanders Fields” appeared anonymously in England’s popular periodical ‘Punch‘.

This turned out to be authored by an Ontario physician army officer, composed that May while contemplating the fresh grave of friend, which later was sent to England by a fellow officer.

As she wrapped up her charitable fundraising, in 1921 Mme. Guerin brought out French-made cloth replicas of the wildflower and, with the encouragement of Canada’s first ‘returned soldiers’ association [see plaque] and public support asked government to recognize it and ask citizens everywhere to wear one on November 11 that year. Recently with our own Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, the custom has arisen spontaneously of placing one’s poppy on the sculpture, a blanket of funeral-like flowers. A moving sight.

The first Armistice Day in the Empire, 1918, was an occasion of celebration and thanksgiving for victory. But in 1919 King George V asked his subjects everywhere to pause just where they were, to stop all traffic, and to observe two minute of silence at the stroke of 11 am in remembrance of those who did not come back. This tradition makes it a solemn day, remembering our many losses, the families they left behind, while former military “vets” join civilians recalling lost comrades.



Punch 1915


Prince Arthur Hotel a Thunder Bay landmark


I Ask President Obama To Consider Wearing A Poppy: Poppy Day, November 11, 2012.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Prior posts:
>> Poppy Day, November 11, British Remembrance Day: A Beautiful Tradition — Nov. 10, 2012.
>> Poppy Day, 2012: President Obama In Arlington Without One — Nov. 11, 2012.


Anura Guruge requesting President Obama to wear Poppy on Poppy Day

I submitted this to the President via the White House Website. It was submitted around 2:58 pm (Eastern) on November 11, 2012. Click to ENLARGE.