Remembrance Day

November 11th, 2013 by Abhi Saini

Remembrance Day is observed on November 11 each year in Canada.  Remembrance Day is a public holiday and federal statutory holiday, and is also a statutory holiday in most provinces and territories (with the exception of Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec).

The first Remembrance Day in Canada was observed throughout the Commonwealth in 1919. It was then known as Armistice Day and commemorated the end of the First World War, which ended on November 11, 1918.

Thanksgiving and Armistice Day were held on the same day from 1921 to 1931. In 1931, the federal government made amendments to the Armistice Day Act after Comox-Alberni MP Alan Neill introduced a bill to hold Armistice Day on a fixed date (November 11) and proposed the use of the word “Remembrance” instead of “Armistice.” 

The Poppy

The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day as the red flowers grew on the graves of fallen soldiers in France and Belgium following the First World War. 

A poppy.

This phenomenon was captured in the famous poem “In Flanders Field,” written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae while serving with the Canadian Artillery in 1915.

The Royal Canadian Legion suggests that the poppy should be worn on your left lapel, or as “close to the heart as possible.”

Observance

In Ottawa, veterans will gather at the National War Memorial for the annual Remembrance Day ceremony. The memorial was unveiled by King George VI on May 21, 1939, only months before the beginning of the Second World War.

We will be observing a moment of silence at our office, and we encourage you to do so as well to honour the brave Canadian soldiers who fought, and continue to fight, to protect our country.

How you can participate?

Remembrance Day provides us with an opportunity to extend our respect and gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives to protect our nation. You can participate in Remembrance Day in following ways:

News Highlights

  • Soldiers will be “proudly on parade” during the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.
  • According to a recent poll, “almost three in 10 Canadians” plan to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony this year. This number is higher than last year and has “steadily risen” over the past few decades.
  • The same poll also suggested that 82% Canadians are in favor to designate Remembrance Day as a national holiday. The House of Commons is currently reviewing a private member’s bill to amend Holidays Act to declare Remembrance Day as national holiday.

Should Remembrance Day be declared as a National Holiday? Let us know what you think.

 

Revisit our Remembrance Day blogs from years past:

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