Remembrance Day is sometimes called Poppy Day. It is a Day observed in many nations since the First World War to remember the members of their armed services who have died in the line of duty. In Canada, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in all three territories and in six of the ten provinces. In 1931, the federal parliament adopted an act that amended the Armistice Day Act, which made the day observed on the 11 November and for it to be called Remembrance Day. At the 11th hour on this day we pause to remember the brave soldiers who have fought. Here are some things that you can do on Remembrance Day.
- Wear a poppy. You’ll see a lot of people wearing them for about two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. This shows they support the Canadian troops and veterans. You can get one at a grocery store by giving a donation to benefit veterans affairs.
- Visit one of the war memorials in Canada. They include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, The National War Memorial in Ottawa, The Halifax Memorial, or The Victoria Memorial in British Columbia.
- Have your child thank a veteran by writing a letter. They can do this through Postcards for Peace.
- Learn about Canadian military history. If you are in Ottawa, visit the Canadian War Museum. While there you can learn everything you need to know about the Canadian military.
Remembrance Day is celebrated around the world with various names and traditions. Soldiers that have died in war have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom that we sometimes take for granted. Remembrance Day is a time when we can focus on this great loss and remember them. Although people’s politics may not always agree, showing support for the troops is the right thing to do.