About Remembrance Day
In Canada, November 11th is officially called Remembrance Day and remains a national day to honour all those who have fallen in war. This historic day commemorates the sacrifices of people in all armed conflicts, including WWI and WWII, as well as those who are currently serving their country. Canadians recognize Remembrance Day every November 11th and honour all those who have served and fallen in the nation’s defence. November 11th marks the anniversary of the official end of World War I with the signing of the Armistice Agreement on November 11th, 1918.
What Happens on Remembrance Day?
Each year November 11, an official Canadian national ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, but special ceremonies are organized across all of Canada. The services often include playing the “The Last Post”, a ceremonial song, a reading of the fourth verse of the ‘Ode of Remembrance’ and a two-minute moment of silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day (11:00 am on November 11th). At the conclusion of the ceremony, wreaths are laid at the local war memorials.
The Red Poppy
The poppy stands as an enduring symbol of past sacrifices of the men and women who served our country. The symbol also stands as a reminder for all those who continue to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.
You may be curious to know how the red poppy become the symbol of remembrance and hope.
During WWI, the Flanders’s poppy was the first plant to re-emerge from the churned soil that surrounded the grave sites of fallen soldiers. Red poppies flourished from the disturbed soil of the soldier’s feet as they battled along the Western Front. The poppies that blew between crosses “row on row” inspired Canadian Doctor and Lieutenant Colonel, John McCrae to write a poem in honour of his dear friend, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Alongside,116,031 brave and fallen Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the First World War.
In Canada and many other commonwealth countries across the world, the poppy remains as the enduring symbol of remembrance. The poem has forever immortalized the poppy as the symbol of sacrifice.
Today, millions of Canadians in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day, wear the bright red emblem on the left lapel, closest to their heart, in honour of the men and women who served and died for their country.
Show your Support by Wearing a Poppy
Wearing a poppy symbolizes our appreciation and remembrance for the men and women who sacrificed their lives and for all those who are currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, peacekeepers, our veterans, and their families so we may continue to live in peace here in Canada.
Since the First World War, more than 2.3 million Canadians have proudly served this nation. More than 118,000 lives have been lost so we may have the freedoms we enjoy today.
With a simple pin and a small donation (pocket change), you can show your support and gratitude for all those who have sacrificed for our freedoms and the opportunity to live in this great nation we call Canada.
Two-Minutes of Silence
Each year, on November 11th, at 11:00 am, we stand and observe a 2-minute moment of silence to commemorate all those who served and who continue to serve Canada.
On this day, we acknowledge the courage and our responsibility to preserve the peace that Canadians have fought hard to achieve. We honour those who died for our Canadian values, rights and freedoms. Lest we forget and appreciate what was sacrificed for our Canadian freedoms.
How Can You Be Part of Remembrance Day?
WEAR a Poppy—You can find poppies at many of your local stores or Legion halls. Donations are voluntary and what you can afford to offer. You would be amazed how far 1 Canadian quarter can go in supporting those who serve us.
OBSERVE a 2-minute moment of silence—On November 11th at 11:00.
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This Remembrance Day, Bright Immigration and Legal encourages you to show your support. Wear a poppy, attend a ceremony, show your appreciation for those who have dedicated their lives to serve this glorious country that we call Canada.