Wars touch the lives of Canadians of all ages, all races, and all social classes. Thousands of fathers, sons, mother, daughters, were killed or wounded in action. One’s who returned were forced to live the rest of their lives with the physical and mental scars of war. Canadian served in factories, voluntary service organizations, and wherever they were needed.
Yet for many of us, war is a phenomenon seen through the lens of a television camera or a journalist's account of fighting in distant parts of today’s world. Our closest physical and emotional experience may be the discovery of wartime memorabilia in a family attic. But even items such as photographs, uniform badges, medals, and diaries can seem vague and unconnected to the life of their owner. For those of us born during peacetime, all wars seem far removed from our daily lives.
We often take for granted our Canadian values and institutions, our freedom to participate in cultural and political events, and our right to live under a government of our choice. Canadians, who went off to war, truly believed that "Without freedom there can be no ensuring peace, and without peace, no enduring freedom."
By remembering their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom these men and women fought to preserve. They believed that their actions in the present would make a significant difference for the future, but it is up to us to ensure that their dream of peace is realized. On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought so hard to achieve.
During times of war, individual acts of heroism occur frequently; only a few are ever recorded and receive official recognition. By remembering all who have served, we recognize their willingly-endured hardships and fears, taken upon them so that we could live in peace.
Remembrance Day marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. And to all stationed at war zones around the world.
We shall not forget!
Why do we were poppies on Remembrance Day?
Poppy flowers were the first to grow on the battlefields after World War I ended. This is beautifully described in the famous World War I poem “In Flanders Fields.” Poppies are a reminder of fallen soldiers who gave their lives on the battlefields.
Where yours with pride and appreciation this remembrance day in honour of our fallen soldiers.
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