November 11: France's Armistice Day

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Parades go through the streets of France with flowers and memorials. The crowd is silent and weeping for those dead. Shops are closed and houses quiet as the President comes forth to give a long speech for those lost. It’s France’s huge mourning day. Appropriate for the day, to honor those who have died fighting for France, and a great happiness for the end of World War 1. November 11th has always been known as Armistice Day. This holiday, also known as L’Armstice in France, has been honored and remembered every year since World War 1. On Armistice Day the shops, schools and offices of France are closed. Instead thousands of people gather for parades and church services to honor those lost. Many significant people including the…show more content…
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