11th day, 11th month, 11th hour

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, 1918 fighting in WWI officially stopped after Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies earlier in the day.

It is celebrated around the world variously as Veterans Day, Armistice Day, and Remembrance Day.

In 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI, 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each soldier from Britain and its colonies who died in World War I, was installed around the Tower of London.

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In Flander’s Field, is a war poem written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrea. He wrote it on May 15, 1915 after presiding over the funeral of his friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer.

In Flanders Fields
    In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
         Between the crosses, row on row,
       That mark our place; and in the sky
       The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
       Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
                              In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
       The torch; be yours to hold it high.
       If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
                                In Flanders fields.

John McCrea

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