Remembrance Day

There is a very special day in November we need to remember. This day is November 11 and is known as the Remembrance Day.

World War I came to an end at 11 o’clock on November 11, 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Many thousands of soldiers died in World War I and are buried in graveyards in Europe. The most well known of these graveyards is in Flanders Fields in Belgium.

Red poppies grow in this graveyard and have become a symbol of the sacrifice of the soldiers towards creating peace. The poppy is the recognized symbol of remembrance for war dead in Canada, the countries of the British Commonwealth, and the United States. A Canadian doctor named John McCrae Johnwrote a famous poem about the young men who died in the war and the poppies that grow on their graves. This is why the poppy has become a symbol of Remembrance Day for us.

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Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

In Flanders Fields — By John McCrae