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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Cardiff Poppy Day

 On the first day of the 'Battle of the Somme '  19,240  British men were killed.

On November 11th 1918 at 11am ,after 4 years of bloodshed , the First World War came to an end with the signing of the Armistice (an agreement that would end the fighting on the Western Front , although not formally a surrender - that would take another 6 months )
The 'Central Powers' ( the defeated) had lost 3,500,000 soldiers on the battlefield -The 'Allied Powers' (the victors?) had lost 5,100.000 men.......

November 11th is known as Remembrance or Armistice Day in Britain and Europe (Veterans Day in USA)  After the Second World War the nearest Sunday to this day became Remembrance Sunday ; and at 11am on this day 2 minutes silence is held ( also in the Netherlands, France and Belgium) to give thanks to God who bought us through the War and gave us Victory , and to remember those who gave their lives.( 2 minutes silence will also be observed this Saturday November 11th also at 11am)

The symbol of Remembrance is the Poppy inspired by the World War 1 poem Flanders Field promoted by Moina Michael

Today, November 1st, is Cardiff Poppy Day - Please Give Generously......Lest We Forget



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