Five Other Countries That Celebrate a Remembrance Day

May 29th, 2017

The United States observes Memorial Day on the last Monday in May of each year. It is a day to remember those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a part of that remembrance, many people visit cemeteries of the fallen to place flags and/or flowers on the graves, play flag games, and participate in many other activities designed to honor those that gave their all for us.



Many other countries observe Remembrance Day to honor those that lost their lives in conflicts. Five of those countries are listed below.





November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. It is a national holiday that commemorates its military personnel. Two minutes of silence is observed each year on that day at 11:00 a.m. for those that died in service to their country.





November 11 is Armistice Day in France. It is a holiday that recognizes all its that lost their lives during times of war and the 1.4 million that were killed in World War I.





November 4 is National Unity and Armed Forces Day in Italy. That date in 1918 was the date that Austria-Hungary surrendered to them. Ceremonies are held on that day to commemorate armed force members that were killed in action.



New Zealand and Australia


April 25 is Anzac Day. It is a holiday that commemorates those that died in service to their country. Anzac is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The holiday is the anniversary of the first military action during World War I by Australian and Kiwi forces.



United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland)


Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom is observed each year on November 11. That date commemorates the signing of the armistice, and the holiday commemorates all the U.K. soldiers that died in all conflicts. Two minutes of silence is observed at 11:00 a.m. on that day. Remembrance poppies are traditionally worn.


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