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Why remember? We remember all those who have fought in wars and sacrificed their lives so that we can continue to live with the freedom we enjoy today.

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1 Why remember? We remember all those who have fought in wars and sacrificed their lives so that we can continue to live with the freedom we enjoy today.

2 Why remember? At 11am on 11 November 1918, the guns fell silent. The First World War was over. Nearly 9 million soldiers were killed during the First World War.

3 Why poppies? Since 1921, people have worn poppies as a symbol to remember the sacrifices of those who died in conflicts. Some of the worst fighting of the First World War took place in northern France. The poppy was the only thing which grew in the aftermath of the complete devastation.

4 Their sacrifice We remember the whole generation of men that was wiped out – so we could enjoy our freedom – many with no known grave.

5 Great suffering Between 1914 and 1918: 8 million British troops were mobilised 1.1 million died or were reported missing 2 million wounded 4 million Russian troops died or were reported missing 1.7 million German soldiers died

6 Boy soldiers We remember the many soldiers who lied about their age to join the army in the First World War. Some were as young as 15. John Condon, of the Royal Irish Regiment, died in May He was just 14.

7 Soldiers from the Empire We remember the thousands of troops from the British Empire who fought for Britain in both World Wars – and lost their lives.

8 Shot for cowardice We remember the 306 British soldiers who were shot by firing squad during the First World War.

9 World War Two We remember the 50 million people – soldiers and civilians – who died in World War Two.

10 Other conflicts We remember those who have died in conflicts since World War Two – such as the war in Korea, the Falklands Conflict, the Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq.

11 We should never forget … A soldier from the First World War reminds us: ‘As you go home from here, tell them about us. Tell them we gave our today so that they could have their tomorrow …’


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