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The Unknown Warrior is a powerful symbol that embodies a host of contradictions. He is an ordinary soldier, but one who has been given a place of extraordinary honour; he has no name, yet every family whose relative never returned from the Great War feels that he belongs to them; he represents the losses and horror of war, but also the glory of dying for King and Country; and finally, he is doomed to remain ‘unknown’ for all of time, yet is famous around the world.
The first Remembrance Day was held in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War. Every November 11th there is a two-minute silence at 11am for people to remember all those killed in the First World War and other conflicts since. Here are some facts about the occasion and why we wear a poppy:
As we unite in remembering British and Commonwealth servicemen and women lost in war, we take a look at some of the poetry of wartime, William Wordsworth reminds us that “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” and the human experience of war will generate so many feelings of fear, hope, love, hatred and so much more.
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