The main commemoration occurs at the Cenotaph in London, England, and is marked by the laying of wreaths of [[poppy|poppies by the military, political leaders and members of the British Royal Family. Both current and former members of the armed forces, as well as representatives of civil organizations march past the monument to pay their respect. In the two weeks before Rememberance Day, members of the public wear an artificial poppy as a symbol of their respect and gratitude to those who gave their lives for today's freedom.
The poppy was selected as a symbol of remembrance after The Great War as the former battlefields of Flanders sprouted became a sea of red owing to the disruption of the topsoil during the fighting. The red flowers were held to be symbolic of the blood spilled by the millions of dead.
In the United States, the day is known as Veterans Day.