Remembrance Day - Veterans Day
Nawang Kapadia died on 11th November 2000 at 11.00 a.m. By sheer
coincidence, this happens to be the exact date and time when the world observes
” The Remembrance Day” (in UK and Europe)
or as “ The Veteran’s Day” in the USA.
Day, is an annual holiday in the United States honouring veterans of the
armed forces and also the men and women killed in the country's wars. The
observance originated as Armistice Day, which was set aside by the United
States, Great Britain, and France to commemorate the ending of World War I (Nov.
11, 1918). After World War II it was recognized as a day of tribute to the
veterans and the dead of that conflict as well. In Canada it came to be known as
Remembrance Day, and in Great Britain the Sunday nearest November 11 was
proclaimed Remembrance Sunday honouring the dead of both World Wars. In 1954,
after the Korean War, the date was officially designated in the United States as
Veterans Day to honour servicemen of all U.S. wars.
Day is usually observed with parades, speeches, and floral tributes placed on
servicemen's graves or memorials. In the United States, group naturalization
ceremonies have come to be an important part of the day's activities. Special
Veterans Day services are held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.,
and at similar shrines in other countries.
UK and Europe observes the nearest Sunday, closest to November 11 for the same
purpose. In a moving ceremony, at the Westminster in London, the entire
political establishments, armed forces led by
the Queen of England observes
two minutes silence at 11.00 a.m. local time.
The soldiers and their sacrifices ranging from the world war till the
present day are remembered and honoured
with memories. In a moving
narration on the BBC describing the ceremony, the facts and
figures of the early years included many Indian soldiers and their
sacrifices, particularly in the Second World War where almost hundred thousands
Indian soldiers laid down their lives. Thus this day, also has a special
significance for India.
at 11.00 a.m. in London, the last post is sounded and everyone stands in respect
Many families who have lost their near ones, friends
in many wars stand in silence for 2 minutes at 11.00 a.m. on 11th
November, --- wherever they are.
year we circulated these details of Remembrance Day to all our friends and
requested them to observe a 2-minute silence in their own way. Many of them
wrote back, that they always did this and now would remember Lt. Nawang also
during this minutes of tributes.
A week or fortnight before this day, all over the west, people wear red
poppies made out of paper in remembrance and
contribute for the war widows and other needy persons.
the next year we hope to start something of such nature, for observing Remembrance Day in India. May be we can have
our very own version; wear a rose or a small
khukri in memory of all the
soldiers killed in Kashmir. Just as the civilians the world over pay tributes in
memory of the heroes, we in India, should develop this date to remember our
martyrs in Kashmir in particular.
from friends and readers in this respect are welcome.
Remembrance Day-Veterans Day Sites
America : http://www1.va.gov/vetsday/
United Kingdom : http://www.poppy.org.uk/who/remember_sunday.asp
Australia : http://www.dva.gov.au/commem/rememb/Rem_day.htm