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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

A minute silence was observed at 11o’clock for all those who lost their lives in the line of duty during World War I and II. Wreaths were also laid at the War Memorial, Suva and the military cemetery as a tribute to them.

Ex-service men, serving military personnel and members of the diplomatic corps attended a dawn service held at the military cemetery to commemorate Remembrance Day also known as Poppy or Armistice Day.

In accordance with the Armistice, hostilities ended at the eleventh hour of November, 1918. That is the reason why celebrations are observed at 11 o’clock. The Day is also commemorated by wearing red remembrance poppies which has become a familiar emblem of the day. Brilliant red poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields in WWI.

It is also sold to raise funds for ex-service men to help them with their daily welfare.

Remembrance Day is celebrated in Commonwealth Days around the world today.

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