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“We shall not forget”, Year 12Ga

This year, like any other year, Remembrance Day is held around the world on the 11th November. It is a day to honour the fallen soldiers in wars worldwide, as well as all of those affected by conflicts in the past and present.

We commemorate Remembrance Day in the BSB because we want to acknowledge the sacrifices made by others in the past, which have made nowadays peaceful. We look back not only to all women and men involved in the Armed Forces, but also the common civilian that suffered the consequences of the wars. Recently however, Remembrance Day has also begun to take into account the civilians and refugees who are primarily affected in war conflicts, as they are the ones truly losing their homes and jobs and essentially their lives, without any sort of preparation or warning like the armed forces.

Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on the 11th of November in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the truce signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente (Great Britain, France and Russia). The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

On the eleventh minute, of the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of November, two minutes of silence are held across the globe.

On this day it is tradition to wear a red poppy-shaped broach as poppies are a symbolic reference to Remembrance Day. The history behind this tells us that poppies were the only plant that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in the war, and their vibrant red colour creates an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Flanders is the whole western part of Belgium where they experienced the bloodiest fights of the war. Houses, farms, roads and natural life all disappeared. These fields turned into a sea of mud and a grave for the dead. However, every year as the warm weather approached, the poppy bloomed in these fields, bringing life, hope, colour and reassurance to those who were still fighting.

These broaches can be acquired at the school. The price of the poppies is 1€. The money collected will be donated to the British Legion organization, which provides moral and economic help to the families of those affected and veterans involved.

This news story must be credited to Year 12Ga: Anna, Alikhan, Sara, Cristina, Ale, Sam, Tekke, Alberto, Paula, Victoria, Laura, Xavi and Oscar.