Armistice Day around the World – Veterans Day

Every year the United States celebrates Veterans Day in honor of those who served and fought for our country in the armed forces. In recent years, Veterans Day has been known for its parades, commemorative events and great shopping deals around the country.
Have you ever wondered which other countries are celebrating their troops with us on November 11th? Even if it doesn’t include shopping discounts, every country has their own troops and ways of celebrating. We wanted to take this time to research what other countries are doing with their Veterans Day.

United Kingdom


In the United Kingdom, Armistice Day is celebrated from late October up to November 11th. On this day, the Royal British Legion distributes 40 million poppies that people wear to commemorate those who have served in the armed forces. Armistice Day is also observed with a two-minute moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day throughout the country. Other countries that observe Armistice Day with poppies include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, to name a few.



France celebrates Armistice Day with military parades to war memorials and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris. France’s president and other public figures lay wreaths and flowers at the war memorials. Many people wear black or dark clothes on this day.



Belgians are known to host one of the biggest Armistice Day ceremonies. Since 1928, Belgium has held the Last Post Ceremony. The Last Post is the name of a bugle call played in the British Army and others to mark the end of the day. Since then it has been used to remember fallen soldiers. The Last Call Ceremony takes place at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. Poppies are released from the roof during the ceremony.

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