The Australian, New Zealand and British High Commissioners laid wreaths at the ‘Pride of Our Nation’ monument at the Commonwealth Street, Point Cruz to mark Remembrance Day yesterday. US Consular Agent Keithie Saunders laid a wreath in honour of Veterans Day.
Remembrance Day is each 11 November in Commonwealth member states. On 11 November 1918, the Armistice which ended hostilities in the First World War came into effect.
Since then, Commonwealth countries have marked each Remebrance Day with acts of commemoration; and the wearing of the poppy, symbolising those who fell in the First Worl War; and those who have served in the armed services since then.
While the First World War did not affect Solomon Islands directly, one of the effects of the 1899 Tripartite Convention between the USA, Germany and UK was to bring Choiseul and Isabel within the boundaries of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.