Monday, 19 November 2012

Poppy Day - Cambridge Advanced English Writing

Last week our Cambridge Advanced level students spent some time learning about Remembrance Sunday or Poppy Day in the United Kingdom, a day of national reflection held on 11th November annually.    

CAE Student, Crisitina Gintoli wrote the following piece comparing Poppy Day to Italy's similar day of remembrance:

Celebration in Comparison

The corresponding day to Poppy Day in Italy is held on the 4th of November, in commemoration of the sacrifice of the soldiers who died in the First World War.  

In Italy, it is called the Day of National Unity and the Armed Forces, because they are all celebrated on the same day.  

Both in England and in Italy the highest representatives of the government and the Royal Family unite to honour the fallen at war memorials, the Cenotaph in London and the Altar of the Fatherland in Rome.  

In the UK, there are also parades and poppies are sold to raise money, which is sent to help ex-service men and women.  

In Italy, on the other hand, the military stations are opened to the public, historical exhibitions are held in museums and military bands play in concerts.  The main aim, in fact, is to bring military forces and civilians nearer to each other.  

In previous decades, since it became a moveable feast, this solemnity has had less attention, but nowadays, it is becoming on of the most important feasts again.  

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