Armistice Day – North Cornwall
Every year on the 11th of November, Armistice Day, we all take time to remember the people who have lost their lives to war.
The History of Armistice
The armistice was an agreement to put down weapons before signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The agreement came into effect “on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. Across the world, 11 O’clock on the 11th of November is kept as a remembrance of the people who have died in war.
Rough Tor Memorial
On Rough Tor there is a plaque to commemorate those who lost their lives in WW2. Rough Tor is a tor on Bodmin Moor, and has gorgeous views and beautiful walks. Rough Tor is also within sight of Helsbury. It has become a popular place for people to pay their respects on Armistice Day due to the memorial dedicated to the 43rd Wessex Division. It is inscribed with the words “Rough Tor on which this memorial is placed has been given to the nation in memory of those who lost their lives while serving in the 43rd (Wessex) Division in the North-West European Campaign 1944/45”.
In Launceston Town Square stands a large cross in memory of those who died during both WW1 and WW2. There is a service every November 11th in honour of those who lost their lives to war. It includes representatives from local schools and groups. The Launceston branch of the Royal British Legion is responsible for providing such a wonderful service. A member of Launceston’s RBL stated that he loves “the fact that every year on Remembrance Sunday, we have a problem that too many people come to commemorate and reflect”. This shows how beloved this service is to the people of Launceston.
Armistice Day provides an important opportunity to reflect upon the cost of war. It gives people time to mourn lost loved ones and everyone else who has been a victim of war. It is a day that brings people together to grieve and hope for a future which puts an end to the suffering caused by war.