An armistice (ceasefire) came into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The name "Armistice Day" was given to the date when a truce was declared and fighting ceased.
Strictly speaking the war ended for Germany with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919. (That was exactly five years after Austria-Hungary's Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo).
At 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918 a ceasefire came into effect with Germany. A formal state of war between the two sides persisted for another seven months, until signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919.
A final peace treaty was signed between the Allied Powers and the country that would shortly become the Republic of Turkey, at Lausanne on July 24, 1923.
The name "Armistice Day" has since been changed to "Veteran's Day" (USA) (November 11).
It was also known as "Rememberance Day" in Canada.
"Poppy Day" (originally in South Africa and New Zealand) was another name so chosen because The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion and other organizations all over the world lay poppy wreaths upon the graves of members of the armed forces who were killed in war. Many died in the beautiful poppy fields of Europe, most notably "In Flanders fields the poppies blow ... We shall not sleep, though poppies grow. ...."(from In Flander's Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae, MD of the Canadian Army). Poppy flowers are also sold, and worn, to raise funds for soldiers killed in wars.
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