Kenya Prepares to Commemorate the End of World War I
Source – ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome: In November, Kenya will commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. This is an event that is being commemorated not only in Kenya but Worldwide inclusive of the Seychelles with a wreath laying ceremony. One million out of the then population of four million Kenyans were somehow involved in the First World War in East Africa.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11th November to mark the armistice or truce ending the hostilities of the First World War in Europe. The Armistice was signed at Compiègne in France and took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
Remembrance Sunday is 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 on the second Sunday in November, nearest to Armistice Day. Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials and usually attended by civic dignitaries, ex-servicemen and women, members of local armed forces, regular and reserve units and youth organizations. Wreaths of remembrance poppies are laid on the memorials and two minutes silence is held at 11 a.m. Church bells are usually rung half-muffled, creating a somber effect.
This year Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fall on the same day.