I do this every year on this day, and this year is no exception. Today is Remembrance Day, across the Commonwealth. It commemorates the day on which the armistice was signed which ended the First World War in 1918, and is used as a day to remember and to commemorate those who have given their lives in wars across the world, and throughout the ages. In Britain, we hold a nationwide two minutes silence at 11am (the time at which the First World War guns fell silent), as a gesture and as a time to specifically stop and think of how much we owe those who died. We also wear poppies, which serve two purposes: firstly, as a fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, a charity who work to help serving and former members of the armed forces; and secondly, because poppies were what grew in great numbers on the battlefields. I know that in the USA, you have your own Veterans' Day, so I have explained Remembrance Day so that everyone can understand what it means. Please take some time today to think of all of those who have given their lives so that you can live in freedom and safety. And please feel free to leave any messages of remembrance you may wish to share in this thread. In Flanders Fields By John Mcrae (1915) 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, fly 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.