ORGANO™ Remembers & Salutes Veterans Worldwide

Veterans Day is the occasion where veterans across the globe are thanked, in a large way, for the dedicated and loyal service they have put forward, for the benefit of their respective countries. For the ORGANO™ global family it is an opportunity to, not only let veterans know (worldwide) that they are highly and heartily appreciated for the immense sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep their countries happy and free, but to explore what other countries are celebrating their armed forces, and how are they doing it?

Veteran’s Day in the United States; 11th Hour – 11th Day – 11th Month

In the context of the modern day holiday, the significance of November 11th not only marks the signing date of the armistice peace agreement between the Allies and Germany (at Compiègne, France), but that it took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Veterans Day is not only a chance to honor military veterans – but to honor the signing of this peace agreement that ended the war on November 11, 1918. The United States originally observed Armistice Day on November 11th; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Red Poppies on Armistice and Remembrance Days

Many countries honor the veterans of their country on November 11th, however, each country name the holiday in their own way.  Despite the common history, Remembrance Day has evolved in different ways around the world. Depending on where you are, globally speaking, it can be known as Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day, Poppy Day and may not even be celebrated on November 11th.

Canada: The observance of “Remembrance Day” is actually very similar to the United States, in that the day is set aside to pay tribute to all of Canada’s veterans.  One notable difference is that many Canadians don a red poppy flower on 11th November to honor their war veterans, while the “red poppy” tradition is recognized in the United States on Memorial Day. “Canada Remembers” with their mission of helping young Canadians (most of whom have never known war), come to understand and appreciate what those who have served Canada, in times of conflict and peace, stand for and what they have sacrificed for their country.

United Kingdom:  In the UK they have more elaborate celebrations to honor those who have fought for their country.  From late October – right up until Armistice Day on November 11th, when the Royal British Legion distributes 40 million poppies that people wear to commemorate those who have served in the armed forces. The celebrations are split into two days. The first is Remembrance Day, which takes place on the second Sunday of November each year (to recognize those who have given their lives protecting the United Kingdom).  The second is Armistice Day, also on November 11th, and is observed at the “11th hour” with a two-minute moment of silence throughout the country.

France and Belgium: Armistice Day is one of the most important military celebrations in France, and almost all French villages feature memorials dedicated to veterans. Now, in France the blue cornflower (Bleuet de France) is used symbolically, rather than the red poppy used elsewhere around the world. The Belgians also host one of the biggest Armistice Day ceremonies. Every year since 1928, the country has put on the “Last Post” Ceremony, which is the name of a bugle call played in the British Army (and other armies) to mark the end of the day.

Italy: In Italy, the day is known as “National Unity Day of the Armed Forces” or Giorno dell’Unità Nazionale Giornata delle Forze Armate, in Italian.  Since 1977, soldiers are honored and remembered each year with ceremonies that are held on the first Sunday of November, rather than the 11th of the month.

Australia & New Zealand: “Remembrance Day”, in Australia, is quite similar to America’s Memorial Day, in that it is recognized as a day to pay tribute to the Australian veterans who have fallen during war times. Anzac Day (Australian & and New Zealand Army Corps) on April 25th, is New Zealand’s National Day of Remembrance.  The reason for New Zealand having their remembrance on Anzac Day happened in 1921, when the red paper poppies for Armistice day arrived by ship too late for the celebration on November 11th.  Given the poppy delay, they were distributed at the next commemoration date (Anzac Day on April 25, 1922), and that date stuck as the new Poppy Day in New Zealand.

Poppy Day – Globally Speaking: Veteran’s Day is also known as “Poppy Day” in many parts of the world, for this little red flower is commonly laid in memory of fallen veterans, as poppies are considered the flower for consolation and eternal sleep.  These Red poppies (also infamous from their appearance in the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae), are sold in Canada and the United Kingdom on Remembrance Day to not only raise money to help disabled serviceman, but to be worn on one’s lapel in tribute and remembrance.

On this day designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations, sit back and reflect, enjoy a piping hot cup of your favorite ORGANO™ gourmet coffee blend – along with your red poppy.  In honor of veterans worldwide – for their patriotism, immense love for their country, and their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of mankind – from the ORGANO™  global family – we salute you! #WeAreOrgano