As Canadians across the country prepare for Remembrance Day, here are five facts about the important occasion to share with your friends at home and classmates on campus:
- Canada celebrates Remembrance Day annually on November 11. At 11 a.m.—11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month—the nation will observe a moment of silence to remember the more than 2,300,000 men and women who have served our country and the more than 118,000 who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
- The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day, and you will likely see many people in the community wearing the little red flower on their jacket over the next week.
- Poppies first grew in France and Belgium after Word War I, when soil became rich in lime from the debris and rubble caused in fighting. The flower is often used to decorate gravestones of those who lost their lives at war.
- Flanders Field is a famous war memorial poem that is recited around the world on Remembrance Day.
- Canadians in three territories and six provinces are given the day off to commemorate the end of the First World War. Those living in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia will have observe a minute of silence at school or at work, as these four provinces do not recognize the day as a statutory holiday.
If you are interested in attending the Remembrance Day Ceremony on-campus, the details are listed online.