Discover Challenge: Numbers

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On 11th November 1918 the armistice was signed in France, ending the four years of hostilities between Germany and the Allied forces that is now remembered as the First World War.

The link between poppies and the Great War comes from a poem written in 1915 by Canadian soldier John McCrae called “In Flanders Fields”, referring to scattered poppies flowering over the wasteland battle fields where so many fallen soldiers lay.

American teacher Moina Michael was so moved by the poem, she began a campaign in 1918 to sell silk poppies to friends to raise money for ex-servicemen, and so poppies became an international symbol of remembrance that continues to the present day.

And so on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the exact time at which the armistice came into effect, we solemnly stand together to respectfully remember all those who have given their lives for their country, across all wars and conflicts, silently thanking them for their sacrifice…

Discover Challenge: Numbers

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