So the terms Armistice Day and Remembrance Day have been trending all day on social media today, 11th November 2018. Why, you might wonder? 11th November signifies a very important day in world history, due to which there was a cessation of hostilities at the World War I around 100 years back.
What is Armistice Day?
On 11th November 1918, there was an armistice (agreement or truce to stop fighting) signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France. This happened at 11am which literally was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. The truce lasted 36 days before a formal treaty was signed in the following year.
Every year since then, this day is commemorated on 11th November and Armistice Day is also a national holiday in France, which coincides with other holidays in neighbouring countries like Remembrance Day and Veterans Day. This year was a more special Armistice Day, as it marked 100 years since the original armistice signed in 1918.
Commemorating the centenary of the armistice that took place in Compiègne in 1918, several world leaders gathered for a service beneath the Arc de Triomphe earlier today, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, while French President Emmanuel Macron and other dignitaries marched to the arch under black umbrellas. as it was raining.
This is a very significant day in world history, and while some celebrate it, it is a day of mourning in some other parts of the world, as nearly 10 million soldiers and an equal number of civilians are said to have died during this World War I, which was fought between 1914 to 1918. The armistice signed was a gesture of peace among all the chaos.
Macron gave a speech at the parade where over 70 world leaders were present, saying, “Let us build our hopes rather than playing our fears against each other”. He also mentioned patriotism as the ‘exact opposite of nationalism’. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was also present and he laid a wreath at the cenotaph in a symbol of the friendship that exists now between Germany and Britain.
Keep reading ReadScoops.com for more updates from the 100-year commemoration of the Armistice Day.