On Remembrance Day, we pause to reflect as a country on the courageous individuals who gave their all during World War One. It is “a national occasion to recognize the sacrifice and service of all those who have defended our liberties and preserved our way of life,” according to the charity Royal British Legion. We observe a one- or two-minute moment of silence on this day at 11 a.m. because on November 11, 1918, at this time, World War One came to an end when a peace treaty was ultimately signed, putting a stop to the slaughter but not prior to millions of lives were lost.
On November 11, Canada (as well as the 53 other Commonwealth countries, almost all of which were once British Empire colonies) observes Remembrance Day. It has a similar connotation to Veterans Day in America. Remembrance Day, observed annually since the conclusion of World War I, is really Armistice Day, the day on which the Allies and Germany ended hostilities on the Western Front. Accordingly, the hostilities stopped at 11:11 a.m. on 11:11 of a given day and 11:11 of a given month.
When is November 11th, 2022?
Remembrance Since Sunday usually falls on the second weekend in November, the 2022 tribute will take place on Sunday, November 13. This also takes place on November 11 each year, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that put an end to World War One in 1918. All Commonwealth countries observe Armistice Day, although many other nations also observe the day as a day of remembrance.
Remembrance Day Past
After more than four years of nonstop fighting, the artillery on the Western Front finally stopped firing at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918. Following four months of severe setbacks at the hands of the allied troops, the Germans were forced back. The Germans requested an armistice in November to end the hostilities and bring about a solution. They agreed to allied conditions that equated to a total surrender. In the years following the war, the 11th hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month took on a unique importance. The end of the war’s hostilities on the Western Front became a global symbol of remembering those who perished in the conflict.
In particular, during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and all subsequent conflicts in which members of the Canadian Armed Forces have taken part, Canada has declared that the day is one of “remembrance for the men and women who have served, as well as continue to serve, our country during times of war, conflict, and peace.” The National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, is the location of the official Canadian national ceremonies, which follow a precise procedure. The representatives of the military forces perform a service. The body of a Canadian soldier who perished in France in World I but whose identity has not been established was interred at the National War Memorial’s Tomb of the War Dead in May 2000.