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November 11, 1918: Lest We Forget

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by Eva Holland Nov 11, 2008

Whether they know it as Armistice Day, Veterans Day or Remembrance Day, most of the world marks November 11th as a day of reflection each year.

To refresh your memory: On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, the end of the Great War – not yet known as the First World War, since at the time no one knew there’d be a Second – was declared.

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the war’s conclusion, and the events this year seem to have a special urgency and power.

The number of First World War veterans remaining worldwide has dwindled to a handful – there will most likely be none left to mark the centenary in 2018.

There are monuments to the Great War all around the world. Here are shots of a few:

India Gate, New Delhi’s monument to the Indian fallen of World War One

Graves for a few of the 1.5 million soldiers killed during the Battle of the Somme

London’s Cenotaph

A detail from the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France

The Turkish memorial at Gallipoli. There are also monuments for Australia and New Zealand here.

The Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium

A German cemetery in Belgium

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