On November 12, Remembrance Day can be observed in Canada (as well as 53 other Commonwealth countries, almost all of which were once British Empire colonies). It shares many of the same meanings as Veterans Day in America. Remembrance Day, observed annually since the end of World War I, is really Armistice Day, the day on which war between the Allies as well as Germany on the Western Front came to a halt.
Due to the symbolism of the remembrance poppy, Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day and is honored by Commonwealth member states. Remembrance Day is observed on November 11 at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in nations like Australia, Canada, as well as the United Kingdom.
The history of Memorial Day
After more almost four years of nonstop fighting, the guns just on the Western Front finally stopped firing at 11 a.m. only on November 11, 1918. Following four months of severe defeats at the hands of the allied armies, 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 which amounted to a total surrender.
In the years following the war, this 11th hour of such 11th day of that 11th month took on a unique significance. The end of the war’s hostilities on the Western Side is now a universal symbol of remembering those who perished in the conflict. About 70 million people were mobilized for this first combat of the modern era, and between 9 and 13 million people died, up to a third of whom may not have a recognized burial. The allied nations choose this day and hour to honor their fallen warriors.
Armistice Day led to the development of the custom of Remembrance Day. The king hosted a meal in honor of the French president on the first Armistice Day at Buckingham Palace. Many nations later modified the holiday’s name during World War II. Veterans Day was chosen by the US.
The Canadian Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, is the location of the formal Canadian national ceremonies, which follow a precise protocol. The representatives of the military forces perform a service. The body of a Canadian soldier who perished in France in World War I but whose identity has not been established was interred in the National War Memorial’s Tomb of the Missing Soldier in May 2000.
Observing Memorial Day: A Guide
- Attach a red poppy to your lapel.
After World War One, the red poppy immediately became associated with the deaths of fighters on the Western Side. Pin a poppy on the lapel of your shirt to remember those who perished in both World War One and other conflicts. In this silent but significant gesture, you’ll be accompanying millions of Commonwealth citizens around the world.
Join the nationwide two-minute moment of silence
Join your fellow citizens in observing a moment of silence for two minutes at 11 a.m. to remember the moment the Armistice was announced in 1918. Canadians stop everything during this time to give their attention to remembering all troops who lost their lives while performing their duties.
- Cite “The Ode of Remembrance,” a poem.
The “Paean of Remembrance” is a section of Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem “Again for Fallen,” which was initially written in memory of British troops who lost their lives mostly on the Western Front. It is now chanted in honor of all troops who lost their lives while performing their duties.
- The red poppy
The Flanders poppy became the first to bloom in the blood-stained battlefields.
The digit eleven
Every year, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians celebrate a silence for a moment to remember the men as well as women who gave their lives while serving their country.
- Vigor in numbers
Throughout Canada’s history, more than 2,300,000 citizens have contributed to keeping the peace.
- Imitation poppies
This Royal Canadian Legion sells fake poppies on Remembrance Day in order to help veterans.
- The official celebration
State leaders, veterans’ organizations, foreign representatives, and residents all attend the national celebration at the National Memorial Site in Ottawa.
REASONS WHY MEMORIAL DAY IS IMPORTANT
- It’s a chance to consider Canada’s past.
On Remembrance Day, people take a moment to consider both the contribution Canada made to the conflict and the country’s historical relationships with the remainder of the Commonwealth.
- It serves as an occasion to visit with family.
Many Canadians get an extra day to spend quality moments with family since Remembrance Day seems to be a statutory holiday. Remembrance Day represents a particularly meaningful day for remembering as well as honoring loved ones who passed away while participating in the military for those whose families did.