Remembrance Day

Our Canadian friends are commemorating Remembrance Day today, their version of Memorial Day. In the US, we remember all veterans on November 11, and our fallen on Memorial Day. Our Commonwealth neighbors, on the other hand, use this day to honor their fallen.

Poppy

3 thoughts on “Remembrance Day”

  1. In the UK the Sunday nearest to the 11th November is Remembrance Sunday, where people may march to local Cenotaphs for a service, churches hold services and the like, to remember the sacrifice of those who died in war. Most sporting fixtures (eg: our football games) will have a minute’s silence before kick-off over this weekend.
    On the 11th itself, if not a Sunday, a lot of people and places have a minute’s silence at 11 am – my school will be doing this for instance.
    We also wear the red poppy around this time – though I don’t like the way some people are ‘poppy shamed’ if they chose not to do so. Those who died did so to preserve our way of life and freedoms, which includes the freedom to chose to wear a poppy or not.
    Cheers, guys.

  2. Thanks Brad. There are various commemoration services and events in Canada throughout the week before the 11th, however unlike in the UK, our national commemoration service will be on Wednesday the 11th at 11.

    Your picture is an interesting one. This tradition started started spontaneously when after the end of the service proper and all the dignitaries had departed in their limos, people at the War Memorial in Ottawa placed their poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Within a few minutes, the tomb is nearly buried under poppies – a heartfelt tribute in contrast at times to the politicians reading form their prepared speeches.

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