Today is Armistice Day, the original name for what we now call Veterans Day. My Grandmother always called it Armistice Day.
The date in the title marked the end of the fighting in what was originally called the Great War and later become known as the First World War.
The war didn't actually end until June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed.
The red poppy has been the symbol of Veterans Day from the beginning, referring to the famous poem In Flanders’ Fields by Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian.
I remember as a child the day was a solemn day of quiet remembrance. Veterans organizations, sold red poppies on the street and many people decorated the graves of veterans with them.
Today that seems largely forgotten.