On Remembrance Day, Canadians pause to honour the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace. More than 2,300,000 Canadians have served and more than 118,000 made the ultimate sacrifice. Remembrance Day November 11, 1918, also known as Armistice Day is the national day to remember those who died in military service and honour those who served in wartime. It marks the day World War One ended, at eleven o-clock in the morning – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember their sacrifice.
The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. The reason that the poppy is worn for Remembrance Day is due to a Canadian physician and poet who noticed how quickly poppies had grown over the graves of soldiers who had died during the Battle of Ypres. This symbolism of the blood-red flowers was beautifully captured by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in his 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields.”
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.