Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day Quick Facts - GB

AKA NameArmistice Day
2020 Date11 November 2020
2021 Date11 November 2021
Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day History

Remembrance Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, marks the end of World War I and serves to commemorate all members of the Canadian Armed Forces, past and present. On November 11th, 1918, at 11am, the armies stopped fighting and World War I came to an end for the United Kingdom. As a British colony, Canadians volunteered in the hundreds of thousands to fight alongside the British Forces in Europe.

In 1921, the Canadian Parliament passed the Armistice Bill which began the Armistice Day celebration tradition. In 1931, the Canadian government renamed November 11 as Remembrance Day in an effort to emphasize the memory of fallen soldiers. Since then, ceremonies, the playing of the Last Post, the recitation of In Flanders Fields poem, two minutes of silence and poppies over the heart have become symbols of Remembrance Day for Canadians from coast to coast.

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Remembrance Day Facts & Quotes

  • In Flanders Fields, a poem written during the First World War by John McCrae, is a common poem for students to memorize and recite on Remembrance Day.
  • The Poppy is a common symbol of remembrance for those who died in the pursuit of freedom. Canadians wear this poppy as a pin on their left breasts in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day.
  • In many Commonwealth areas, a night vigil is held in remembrance of the fallen as members of the armed forces keep watch over a ritualistic tomb site.
  • They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation — the obligation to insure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live. - Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral WW2
  • We are dead, short days ago, we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders Fields. - Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae (1915)

Remembrance Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Place a wreath at the grave of a deceased member of the military.
  • Wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
  • Watch a movie about the First World War: Our favourites: The Great War (2007), War Horse (2011), the Trench (1999), in Love and War (1996) and Admiral (2008)
  • Visit a war memorial and observe the ceremony or Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Read the poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian John McCrae.

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