Remembrance Day 2020

Tomorrow, November 11, is Remembrance Day. 

The Canadian Encyclopedia writes, "Remembrance Day is a yearly memorial day that is observed in many Commonwealth countries, including Canada, to remember those who died in military service, and honor those who served in wartime. It is observed across Canada each year on 11 November — the anniversary of the Armistice agreement of 1918 that ended the First World War. On Remembrance Day, public ceremonies and church services often include the playing of “Last Post,” a reading of the fourth stanza of the poem “For the Fallen,” and two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. Wreaths are laid at local war memorials and assemblies are held in schools. Millions of Canadians wear red poppy pins in the weeks leading up to and on 11 November in remembrance."

We should be thinking of our veterans every day, but Remembrance Day in particular is a great opportunity to take a moment to reflect. It is a chance to remember that the freedom we enjoy so much today was hard won, and that Canadians continue to fight to protect and serve our country. Take some time tomorrow to learn more about the history of our country and the sacrifices that were made to keep it the true north strong and free. Canada has a beautiful history of rising up and protecting the most vulnerable. We can all be proud to be Canadian. 

We also recommend looking into ways you can give back to our veterans. Consider donating to your local legion, or supporting a family with a loved one serving overseas. Even the simple act of wearing a poppy shows those who are serving and who have served that you remember; that you honour their sacrafice. 

Yahoo news reports, "with Remembrance Day fast approaching, The Royal Canadian Legion is reminding Canadians that the best way to pay tribute to our fallen this year, is at home. For the first time ever, people are asked not to attend ceremonies in person. With Canada’s major broadcasters planning to air their familiar Remembrance Day coverage, would-be spectators can pay their respects from home. The Legion will also broadcast the ceremony via Facebook Live."

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