Armistice / Remembrance Day
This week, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, a moment of silence was held. For those nations that observe this day of remembrance, it is annually taken as an opportunity to remember those members of the armed forces who have forfeited their lives in pursuit of peace.
The tradition dates back to the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front at the end of World War I and the signing of the armistice agreement that brought an end to the industrialised warfare that had brought death, of a previously unimaginable scale, to the world for four long years.
The importance of remembering the devastation that war can bring, not just to the military, but the civilian population underlines the importance of organisations such as NATO, and others with shared values, who continuously strive for stability and peace in a rules based international order.