Remembrance Day Canada Infographic
Monday, November 9, 2015
A Detailed Look at Timelines and Traditions Honoured
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Reflecting on Canadian Remembrance Day
The following details offer a more nuanced look at Remembrance Day and why it's so important to the fabric of Canadian life.
- Remembrance Day is celebrated on the 11th because World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th month of the year in 1918. A moment of silence is held at 11 a.m. as well. Until 1931, Remembrance Day was observed on the same day as Thanksgiving.
- While Canada's observance period has its own unique name, Nov. 11 is recognized internationally by more than 50 nations on Armistice Day.
- To pay tribute to the fallen, Canadians make donations to charitable groups on Remembrance Day to help the country's military veterans, many of whom may be affected by physical, mental or emotional scars sustained in battle.
Another way funds are raised to benefit veterans is with flowers that you may see pinned on people's clothing during Remembrance Day. This is a poppy, which is a type of flower frequently found in Europe and has come to be known as a worldwide symbol for remembering those who have died in war.
Poppies are perhaps most well-known for being included in the famous poem "In Flanders Fields," which was written in 1915 by Canadian soldier and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.
Interestingly, though the poem is now iconic, McCrae actually threw it away shortly after writing it. However, a fellow soldier noticed it had been discarded and retrieved it. Later that year, it was published in a British periodical.
Those who attend Remembrance Day events and ceremonies around the country will often hear "The Last Post," which is played in many nations to honour those lost in war. Originally, though, it was played in combat, informing soldiers that fighting had ceased.