What is Remembrance Day?
It is the day poppies are worn or placed at a war memorial, commemorate members of the community, who have died in military action. In Canada, November 11 is officially called Remembrance Day, but it is also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day. In the United States, Veterans Day falls on the same date. In the United Kingdom, the Sunday closest to November 11 is known as Remembrance Sunday.
World War 1 began in 1914 and November 11, 1918 was the official day World War 1 ended. It took the lives of many heroes who fought for their countries. Remembrance Day commemorates those who died in armed conflicts, especially in and since World War I.
Many members of my family have served and fought in the wars, with the British and Canadian service.
From the memorial at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Ottawa, Ontario to Military parades in cities all over people honour those who are Heroes.
How do you celebrate the Heroes who fought and died serving our Countries?
A war poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae references red poppies that grew over soldiers graves.
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……John McCrae
I wear my Poppy proudly and remember…………………
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