It is Remembrance Day here in the UK, otherwise known worldwide as Armistice Day.
The 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month is the symbolic anniversary of the end of World War 1.
Here in Scotland everyone wears bright red Poppys to show their support, as elsewhere in the Commonwealth. Remembrance day has been generalized to mean remembrance of anyone who fought in any war, including those which are ongoing.
So, observe your 2 minutes of silence if you can – a small sacrifice for those who paid a big one.
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England.
– Rupert Brooke, 1914