Many countries have a special day each year to remember their war dead. In the United States, this day is called Veterans Day, in France it is Armistice Day and in the United Kingdom it is Poppy Day. Poppy Day falls on November 11. This is the date when the first World War came to an end in 1918. The four long years of this grim war had seen millions of men slaughtered as battle after battle had been fought in northern France. The agreement to end the war was signed in the small French town of Compiegne at five o'clock on the morning of November 11. Six hours later, all fighting in France stopped and the war was over. Eleven o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month is now the special time when the people of Britain honour all victims of past wars. On Poppy Day, Britons wear a red paper poppy pinned onto their shirt or coat. Towards the end of the first World War, thousands of red poppies appeared in the mud of the battle fields of France and Belgium. This little red flower sprung up out of nowhere and flourished amongst the death and the fighting. Lots of soldiers wrote about these red poppies in their letters, poems and diaries and after the war some of the soldiers who had survived the fighting decided to wear a poppy in memory of their friends who had died. The idea spread, and a Frenchwoman, Madame Guerin, began to sell hand-made poppies to raise money for poor children who had lost their homes and families during the war. In 1921, Field Marshall Haig, the former commander-in-chief of the British forces in France and Belgium, was heavily involved with setting up the British Legion, a voluntary organisation that would raise money to support families in the United Kingdom who were now suffering hardship because of the effects of the war. Someone suggested to Haig that the British Legion should sell paper poppies as a fund-raising effort and the annual Poppy Day Appeal was born. Wearing a bright scarlet poppy on November 11 as a token of gratitude to people who had sacrificed their lives in war caught the British public's imagination and the British Legion Poppy Day is still the most important charity appeal in the country.