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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