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Definition: Armistice Day from Collins English Dictionary

n

1 the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, on Nov 11, 1918, now kept on Remembrance Sunday US name: Veterans Day See also Remembrance Sunday


Summary Article: Remembrance Sunday
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

In the UK, national day of remembrance for those killed in both world wars and later conflicts, on the second Sunday of November. In Canada 11 November is Remembrance Day. The US equivalent is Veterans Day.

Remembrance Sunday is observed by a two-minute silence at the time of the signature of the armistice with Germany that ended World War I: 11:00 am, 11 November 1918 (although since 1956 the day of commemoration has been the Sunday). There are ceremonies at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, and elsewhere. ‘Flanders poppies’, symbolic of the blood shed, are sold in aid of war invalids and their dependants.

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