An armistice is an agreement for the cessation of active hostilities
Armistice Day, our present Remembrance Day, has its accidental origin in the day that the combatants chose to call a halt to the four years of bloody fighting. An armistice was signed at 5am on the 11th November 1918 in a railway carriage in the forest of Compiègne in France and was announced by the King to the Prime Minister's displeasure, at 11 am.
'At 11 o'clock a trumpeter came round and sounded the Cease-fire, quite dramatically. I remember doing a cartwheel and I said to myself "I'm alive! It's all over and I'm alive!"
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"The Legion is committed to ensuring that the ‘Torch of Remembrance’ is passed on to today’s school children. Our children are the world’s future - it is important that they understand the lessons of history so that the same mistakes may never be repeated." BL 2005
What exactly does all this mean? What is the 'Torch of Remembrance' and why should we care about it? What are the 'lessons of history' and which lessons should we 'understand'? What mistakes should not be repeated? Behind this bland statement lie the politics of war.