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Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom

Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom (UK) honors the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices that were made in past wars. The main observance is on the second Sunday in November, but 2 minutes of silence is also made on November 11.

The red poppy - a symbol of wartime remembrance.
The red poppy - a symbol of wartime remembrance.
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Observe Remembrance Day

People stop work to observe a moment of silence at 11am on November 11, which is the time and date when hostilities formally ended after more than four years of battle during World War I. Poppies are worn as a symbol of respect and tribute on Remembrance Sunday and/or November 11.

The day is also marked by events such as memorial services, church services and parades. A national commemoration takes place at Whitehall, a road in the City of Westminster in central London.

Public Life

Remembrance Day is an observance and not a public holiday in the UK. Many businesses may temporarily pause activity at 11am for 2 minutes of silence on November 11.

About Remembrance Day

Also referred to as Poppy Day or Armistice Day, Remembrance Day is observed in Commonwealth countries, including Australia and Canada. Other countries such as the U.S. have similar observances like Veterans Day. November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I hostilities between Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

Remembrance Sunday Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SunNov 142010Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 132011Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 112012Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 102013Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 92014Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 82015Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 132016Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 122017Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 112018Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 102019Remembrance SundayObservance 
SunNov 82020Remembrance SundayObservance 

Quick Facts

The United Kingdom observes Remembrance Day to remember those who sacrificed their lives during wars and conflicts, including World War I.

Remembrance Sunday 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Remembrance Sunday 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Remembrance SundayEnglish
Falne soldaters søndagNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in November 2017 in the United Kingdom

World Holiday on November 12, 2017

Fun Holiday on November 12, 2017

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