Today is known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in the UK, and commemorates the signing of the treaty between the allies and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918.
As I mentioned before, we were brought up as kids to have a deep respect and understanding for what our armed forces have achieved for our country, and today at 11am we remember those who didn't make it back home. My children also understand what the poppies that we wear signify.
The photo above was taken at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, one of the most moving places I've visited; on a par with the war cemeteries in France. This wall of remembrance and the Victoria Cross room inside the Memorial are truly humbling.
I don't care what your politics are. Be silent today for a couple of minutes at 11am and be thankful we live in a largely free, democratic country: our freedom didn't come cheaply.