Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day, originally called Armistice Day, is observed on November 11th, when the country pauses at the 11th hour to remember our fallen.

This year is the centenary of the Armistice – 100 years since the First World War came to an end – and here are seven simple ways you can help your children mark the occasion and honour Britain’s casualties of war.

Explaining Remembrance Day to your children doesn’t have to be complicated. At its heart, Nov. 11 is about donning red poppies in honour of fallen soldiers, those who have served in war, or are currently serving. But for little ones who aren’t quite able to grasp this concept, there are always songs, picture books, and — our personal favourite — crafts.

The latter is particularly useful in helping toddlers learn about Remembrance Day because it introduces them to important symbols, such as the poppy and the dove, in a fun way.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to start the conversation about peace, soldiers and war with your little one, here are some ideas:

Remembrance Cross — Pay tribute to those who did not return from conflict by decorating a cross in their memory.

Poppy Craft — There are so many great ways to recreate the poppy, using paper plates, cupcake wrappers, tissue paper and more. Have a look at the pics below of what we’ve been up to at St. George’s.

Bravery Medal — Introduce your child to the bravery people have shown throughout history and today to protect our country and freedoms. A bravery medal is lots of fun to make and can be customised with ribbon, gemstones and as much glitter as they want.

Observe the Two Minute Silence

Baking? – How about some remembrance day cookies!

Did You Know?

  • Why a poppy? The deep red flower became a symbol for Remembrance after John McCrae, a Canadian Soldier, noted that in the devastation of the battlefield it was the only thing to survive. The extract from his diary entitled ‘In Flanders Fields‘ is now famous the world over.
  • The reason poppies thrived during the First World War was because the soil became rich in lime caused by the many bombings.
  • In 1918 Moira Michael wrote a poem titled ‘We Shall Keep the Faith‘ and vowed to wear a poppy to remember the fallen. She became known as ‘The Poppy Lady’. Today the British Legion say, “Remembrance is part of modern British life, culture and heritage and our poppy is the symbol of Remembrance and hope.”
  • To remember those who died ‘The Last Post’ is played at military funerals and on Remembrance Day and signifies the soldier reaching his or her final resting place.

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