ARMISTICE

What it is: An armistice (from a Latin word which means making weapons inactive) is the stopping of war or battle, agreed by all the sides taking part. This agreement can be made without necessarily making a treaty or permanent peace. 

What it means: On 11 November 1918, representatives of the main states involved in the First World War met at Compiègne in France, and agreed to stop fighting at 11.00 a.m. The order was sent out, and the guns fell silent. Since then 11 November has been known to many people as Armistice Day. The formal ending to the First World War came later, with the Peace Treaty signed at Versailles, near Paris, on 28 June 1919. Since the 1920s religious Remembrance ceremonies have been held to remember the dead - now the dead of two world wars and a number of other smaller wars and armed conflicts. Remembrance Day, the second Sunday in November, replaced Armistice Day after the Second World War. A two-minute silence is held at 11.00 on Remembrance Day, and some people observe a silence on 11 November as well. 

Think about it: What does Remembrance Day mean to you? If you are familiar with it, does it encourage people to think that death in wars is somehow all right?  If so, how is it done? Is there room for change?

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