On November 11 at 11 a.m., First World War came to an end, lasting over 4 years and killing or injuring over 30 million soldiers. This World War has changed countries and cities and even people. King George V sent out an appeal to the British Empire on 6th of November, 1919, urging that the Armistice that ended the fighting be marked by the suspension of all activities and two minutes of silence at exactly 11 a.m. on 11 November.
Canada has contributed significantly and has paid high costs. At the end, the country came out victorious while mourning the death of over 250,000 Canadian soldiers.
That’s what Remembrance is about. It’s about thanking our country’s soldiers for dying in battle in order to bring us the world as we have it right now. In Canada, this holiday is one of the most important ones, even though it’s not accepted in all provinces.
You can find Remembrance Day also under the name of. Armistice Day which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting, November 11, 11 a.m. 1918 which is actually an impressive date as it is the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. What a coincidence!
In order to show their full respect, there is an ode for Remembrance Day which goes like this.
“They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
It is followed by the phrase “Lest we forget” which really adds up to the emotions implied by the ode itself.
A not so common thing people know is the fact that Remembrance Day. Is symbolized by the artificial poppies that people wear and place at war memorials. So, on Armistice Day, millions of Canadians wear a poppy as a symbol of national pride and respect.
Poppies also grow well on disturbed soil. Therefore, they also grew in large numbers in battle fields. The red color reminded them of the blood lost by victims as casualties in the conflict.
We will always be grateful to the ones that spilled blood for our future.
Remembrance Day Canada 2016, Some people know this title as “Poppy Day”. Well, I think Remembrance Day brings it much closer to its actual meaning. It’s a memorial day that’s been popular across all countries in “Commonwealth of Nations” members. In fact, people have celebrated since the end of World War One. Canadians do this to remember fallen armed forces.
Most of the countries still celebrate this special day, even if they aren’t members of the “Commonwealth of Nations”.
Remembrance Day is present in all three territories and six out of ten provinces. In the years 1921-1930, on November 11 was Thanksgiving. Things changed when in 1931 the federal parliament stated that the day should be observed on 11 November and that the day should be known as our Remembrance Day.
We will be focusing on Canada where this day is a very special day for the whole country in which they greave the fallen. Or cheer for the ones who served and will continue serving and bringing peace to this beautiful land.
This event starts with the entrance of four sentries. Three sentinels look from the foot of the cenotaph. As all commemorations, it continues typically with the tolling of the bells in the Peace Tower.
Armed forces arrive at Confederation Square which are followed by Ottawa diplomatic corps. Then, special guests such as veterans and the Royal Canadian Legion also enter the parade.
The special sound for the arrival of the general governor comes from a trumpeter announcing a sort of. “Alert” where the people escort the governor to receive the Viceregal Salute.
All government buildings hold the Canadian flag up proudly on this special day and they all take two minutes at 11 am sharp in order to remember and respect the ones who died while protecting their country.
Remembrance Day Canada 2016,
As I stated above, only six out of ten provinces accept this holiday and the majority of people in Canada are fighting to get the holiday to the four exceptions. For example, in Ontario, in place of Remembrance Day is the Family Day. People appreciate this day more.
I don’t agree to them as I think they don’t appreciate what their soldiers did for them, bringing them the environment they’re living in. Comparing to “Poppy Day”, Thanksgiving is an event where people cook turkey and aren’t really grateful about anything.
Perhaps we will never be able to agree on making Remembrance Day a national holiday as all people have different opinions. We should appreciate at least one minute what our soldiers did for us.
John ET Devine