See pictures and video's - Remembrance Day, Oakham, Rutland
Yesterday, hundreds of people took to the streets of Oakham to honour members of the armed forces who died during World War l and those who have since died in other conflicts across the world. See video's:-
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Remembrance Day, which is also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day, is a memorial day that is observed to recognise the official end of World War l "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918.
The red remembrance poppy has become a recognised emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders during World War I. Their brilliant red colour appropriately symbolises the blood spilled during the war. In 1915 John McCrae wrote a very famous poem, In Flanders Fields.
This year's Poppy Appeal is targeted to raise £42m which will go towards supporting those who have been emotionally, financially, or socially affected by conflict.