Remembrance Sunday at Arrcade Fusion
Commander of the Lievarde Air Base with the ARRC Command team, 8 Nov. The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps along with enabling units from around NATO held Remembrance Sunday memorial events in their camps in Latvia and Lithuania while deployed on Exercise Arrcade Fusion 2015.
(NATO Photo / WO2 Dan Harmer GBR Army / Released)
8 Nov 2015
NATO troops honour Remembrance Day from Exercise AF15
The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps along with enabling units from around NATO held Remembrance Sunday memorial events in their camps in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia while deployed on Exercise Arrcade Fusion 2015.
Remembrance Day is on 11 November. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice in1918, to signal the end of World War One. At 11am on 11 November, 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.
Commander HQ ARRC, Lt. Gen. Tim Evans said, "Today the Headquarters took the time to pause in our exercise to remember those soldiers who have gone before us. As we remember, we think of their bravery and sacrifice, which serves as an inspiration to us all. It is particularly poignant to share this moment today with our NATO allies in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – and to know our friends and families at home are doing the same.”
It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.
Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. This year it falls on 8 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain and where ever soldiers are serving they will commemorate those who have gone before them.
The "Last Post" is traditionally played to introduce the two minute silence in Remembrance Day ceremonies. In military life, 'The Last Post' marks the end of the day and the final farewell.
Two buglers from the Kings Division Band performed the last post in exercise locations in both Lithuania and Latvia.
ARRC personnel participating in Latvia wore the Poppy and Latvia ribbon in remembrance.
A poem called 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon is often read aloud during the ceremony; the most famous stanza of which reads:
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day, because it is traditional to wear an artificial poppy. The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.