Commemoration – Commonwealth Armistice Day 2023

Every year on November 11, Canadians, Australians, British and other members of Commonwealth countries celebrate Armistice Day and thus honour those who fought and gave their lives for their country in the First World War (1914-1918), The Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953)

The first Armistice Day was celebrated in 1919. throughout the Commonwealth. Armistice Day marked the signing of the armistice and the end of hostilities on November 11, 1918. This day was a symbol of the end of the war and an opportunity to remind everyone of those who died.

On Armistice Day, a poppy flower is worn, as a reminder of the blood-red flower that still exists it always grows on the battlefields of France and Belgium, as described by the Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, doctor and teacher, in his poem “In Flanders Fields”. This poem became a symbol of the sacrifice of all those who fought in the First World War. On Armistice Day, we remember brave men and women, and we remind ourselves that we must work for peace every day of the year.

This year, the Armistice Day celebration was organized by the Embassy of Canada in Belgrade. The ceremony (commemoration) was held at the Cemetery of Fallen Soldiers Commonwealth on Saturday, November 11. Wreaths were laid by representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Issues, the Ministry of Defence, the Assembly of the City of Belgrade, countries of the Commonwealth and the diplomatic corps.

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