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Remembrance Day (Canada)
Held in the United Kingdom as a day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the Two World Wars and later conflicts. It is held at 11am on the second Sunday in November (the Sunday nearest to November 11, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War in 1918). Remembrance Sunday, within the Church of England, fall in the liturgical period of Allsaintstide.
It is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in most cities, towns and villages, attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and women, members of local armed forces regular and reserve units, military cadet forces and Combine Cadet and youth organizations. Representatives of the Judiciary also lay wreaths at local War Memorials throughout the country. Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on the memorials and two minutes’ silence is held at 11am. Church bells are usually rung half-muffled, creating a sombre effect. The service is held for about two hours.