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Remembrance Day marked in Beijing

Updated: 2015-11-11
By James Wang (chinadaily.com.cn)

A World War I Commemoration Ceremony was held at the embassy of the Czech Republic in Beijing on November 11, 2015. More than 50 representatives from foreign embassies and international organizations were present at the ceremony. Zbynek NOHA, Deputy Head of Mission from the embassy of the Czech Republic and Tomas Felix, Deputy Head of Mission from the embassy of the Slovak Republic delivered their welcoming speech to all the guests before they laid wreaths to show respect to those who sacrificed the most during the wartime.

Remembrance Day, sometimes known as Poppy Day, falls on November 11. It is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919, the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.



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