In Britain and other Commonwealth countries today is Remembrance Day. In the United States it’s Veterans Day. November 11 marks the official end of World War 1, which ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.
In Britain, and elsewhere in the Commonwealth, Remembrance Day is synonymous with paper poppies, which are sold in Britain by the Royal British Legion. The poppy was chosen as an emblem because they bloomed across battlefields in Flanders in World War 1 and the red color symbolizes the bloodshed of trench warfare. There is, of course, more about this on Wikipedia.
Veterans/Remembrance Day is a day off here at Gilman Park (I’ve just decided–it is a public holiday, for some, after all), so I’ll leave it at that. See you tomorrow.