Armistice Day – Remembrance Day

Veteran’s DayArmistice Day is on November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France.  This document declared the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning- the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ of 1918.

On November 11, many countries around the world will remember the ending of World War I. In many Commonwealth countries, this day is celebrated as ‘Poppy Day,’ when real or artificial poppies are sold and worn as a token of remembrance for those who gave their lives to preserve the freedom that their various countries have enjoyed for so many years. After World War II, the name was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in the British Commonwealth of Nations.

As we pause to remember this historic moment, let us also reflect on the sacrifice that was made on the cross to accomplish the end of sin and to give us new life in Christ. Let this Remembrance Day be one of a new beginning in each of our lives as we look to the future with a gracious and loving Father, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Rev. Barry McFarlane

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