On November 8, 2018 An Post will release two stamps to commemorate Armistice Day.
November 11, 1918 is known as Armistice Day – the day when an agreement was signed between the Allied forces and Germany in a train carriage at Compiègne in northern France, which marked the end of World War I. The date has huge significance for many Irish people and we are issuing two stamps to mark this historic event. At least 200,000 Irishmen served with British forces during the four-year war, and some estimates put the number who died at over 49,000.
Each year, they are honoured at the National Day of Commemoration ceremony held in Collins Barracks, Dublin in July. In addition, special State ceremonies are planned to mark the centenary of Armistice Day on November 11 this year.
One of our stamps feature an extract from a poem, To My Daughter Betty, the Gift of God, by Irish poet, parliamentarian, intellectual and journalist, Thomas Kettle. Dublin-born Kettle was a Member of Parliament for the Irish Parliamentary Party and an Irish Volunteer who later joined the National Volunteers and served in the British Army during World War I.
He died during the Somme Offensive in 1916. The second stamp features an extract from In Flanders Fields by the Canadian poet, physician, author and artist, John McCrae, who also served and died during the war.