Remembrance Day

Today here in Canada, we are celebrating Remembrance Day to honor all those who have died in wars since World War I. At 11 am today (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), a two-minute silence will be observed to commemorate the day that WWI ended in 1918. Though originally begun to honour the veterans from only the first World War, we have since used this anniversary to remember all of those who have died in battle since then.

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA - NOVEMBER 11, 2014: Poppies placed at the base of a war memorial in Sydney Nova Scotia Canada, November 11th, Remembrance Day, 2014.

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA – NOVEMBER 11, 2014: Poppies placed at the base of a war memorial in Sydney Nova Scotia Canada, November 11th, Remembrance Day, 2014.

There are many ways to observe today: attending a local ceremony, decorating the grave of a loved one who served in the armed forces, or by wearing a Red Poppy as a reminder. Red Poppies became the symbol for Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields, and they are also laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier each year.

Our friends due south in the United States are also honouring their service men and women today, which is a little different than our holiday:Veteran’s Day is in honour of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day (celebrated in September) is they day when those who have died in service are honoured.  We noticed an interesting initiative  called Green Light a Vet for this year’s celebration in the US:

Our heartfelt thanks for all those who have served and those who are currently serving.

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