Remembrance Day

Today, November 11, which is Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth countries, a day to remember those who died serving their countries.  Remembrance day is a provincial holiday in Canada, and is observed by all the provinces except Quebec, Manitoba, and Ontario – which is the province I live in.

It’s the same day that’s observed as Veteran’s Day in the States.

But just because it isn’t an official holiday here in Ontario, it doesn’t mean that folks don’t recognize the day.   At the beginning of November, folks start to wear pins of poppies here. Poppies are the Commonwealth wide symbol for remembrance of the war dead, and it started here in Canada.  During World War I, a Canadian military official named John McCrae wrote a poem called In Flanders Field:

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.

Also, at 11 AM, folks stop for 2 minutes of silence.  This day marked the end of WWI.

I’ve already started seeing people wearing poppies and it’s quite moving.  May we all respect those who give the greatest sacrifice for peace.

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I'm just gal who was born and raised in So Cal, who has lived my whole life in California... until now. I moved to Toronto in August 2010 and this is my blog about the differences I'm discovering between the home I came from and the home I'm getting to know.
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One Response to Remembrance Day

  1. sue suddaby says:

    Peace came in Europe in 1918 at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month.

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