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Bernd Biege

Remembrance Day

By November 11, 2012

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Remembrance Day manages to divide and unite communities all over Ireland at the same time - due to its British origin and its focus on soldiers fighting for the English crown. While nationalists abhor Remembrance Day, loyalists attach an importance to the day second only to July 12th. The sombre origin: The First World War (also known as the Great War) ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 - with an armistice. To remember the dead of this titanic struggle (that wiped out nearly a whole generation) two minutes of silence were henceforth observed ...

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