November 11 @ 11:45 pm – 11:50 pm
Initiated on the first anniversary of the 1918 signing of the Armistice, November 11 became a federal holiday in 1938. First called Armistice Day, in 1954 it was renamed Veterans’ Day. A version of remembrance is held in Commonwealth countries and Europe. Because of a celebrated WWI poem about Flanders Fields, red poppies symbolized the soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Since the November US holiday remembers living veterans, poppies are worn on Memorial Day — the last Monday in May — the day when the US honors its fallen soldiers.