Armistice Day in Saint Martin in 2021

Armistice Day in Saint Martin in 2021
The symbol of remembrance in France is the bleuet. Image by Claude Truong-Ngoc , via Wikimedia Commons

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Armistice Day
  Dates of Armistice Day in Saint Martin
2023 Saint Martin Sat, Nov 11 National Holiday
2022 Saint Martin Fri, Nov 11 National Holiday
2021 Saint Martin Thu, Nov 11 National Holiday
2020 Saint Martin Wed, Nov 11 National Holiday
2019 Saint Martin Mon, Nov 11 National Holiday

Observed on November 11th to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918 and honor the veterans of both World Wars.

  Local name
Jour d'armistice
  Armistice Day in other countries
Armistice Day internationally

When is Armistice Day?

On November 11th, France commemorates Armistice Day with a national holiday.

Known in French as 'Jour d'armistice', Armistice Day is reserved as a day to commemorate the end of the first world war and honour the veterans of both world wars.

History of Armistice Day

The holiday has its roots in the armistice signed between Germany and the allies in the morning of November 11th 1918, that ended the first world war.

The armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France. The signing of the armistice marked the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning; the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month."

Even though November 11th is used to reflect the end of the war, it specifically marks the ceasefire on the Western Front as hostilities continued in other regions for a short period, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire.

A law was approved on October 24th 1922, to make November 11th a public holiday in France. The date was chosen because veterans wanted to commemorate the end of the war rather than the victory. The original name of the holiday was 'Armistice de la Première Guerre Mondiale' (Armistice of the First World War), but as in other parts of the world, the holiday was later used to commemorate the fallen in the second world war and other conflicts.

While the end of the war may be seen as a time for happiness and celebration; the unprecedented loss of life in the war means that the day is observed with reverence across France with schools, shops, banks and businesses all closing. A one-minute silence is held at 11 am to remember the fallen.

In observance of this day, there are parades throughout France. Almost every town and village in France has a war memorial listing the men from the local area who died for their country. A grand parade at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris where the French president will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

The symbol of remembrance in France is the bleuet, or cornflower. It was chosen because cornflowers have traditionally symbolised "pure and delicate" sentiments, while blue is one of the colours of the French flag, and was also the colour of many soldiers' uniforms in the First World War. Like the poppy in the UK and Canada, profits from bleuet sales go to veterans' charities.

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