Armistice Day, held on November 11 every year, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11 November 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Although hostilities continued in some areas, the armistice essentially brought an end to fours years of fighting in the First World War.
In Britain, it is a tradition in schools, offices and churches up and down the country to pause for a two minute silence at 11am on November 11 to remember those killed in the two world wars and the 12,000 British servicemen killed or injured since 1945.
November 11 is also marked around the world. After the Second World War, many countries changed the name of the day from Armistice Day to Remembrance Day, while the US chose to call it Veterans Day and made the day a federal holiday.
The Royal British Legion (a British charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants) says: “Great Britain still believes strongly in remembering those who fought not only in World Wars, but the more than 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945.
“The act of Remembrance rightly has a place in – and impact on – our lives, no matter which day of the week it might fall upon.”
My office will be observing the two minute silence and given the turbulent times we have been living in recently, I will embrace the chance to reflect and remember.
A version of this article first appeared in The Telegraph