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Remembering our fallen heroes
Remembrance Day is also known as Armistice Day. It marks the day World War I ended in 1918 after more than four years of incessant war, when the Allies and Germany signed the armistice (or peace agreement) at Compiegne in France. The treaty was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Remembrance Day is celebrated to remember those brave hearts that lost their lives on both sides of the Great War. Every year, at 11am, Canadians pause to hold a 2-minute silence to honour all those who have, and continue to serve Canada during times of conflict, warfare, and amity.
The symbol of Remembrance Day is the poppy. These are the flowers that grew on the battlefields of World War I, after the war ended, as described in the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by McCrae in 1915. Sold by the Royal Canadian Legion, you can find poppies across stores and restaurants with donation boxes across Canada as Remembrance Day approaches. Worn by those who contribute to these donations, the money collected from the sale of poppies is used to assist veterans and their families.
In an article posted by Global News, a poll conducted by Historica Canada showed that 71 percent of the respondents will wear a poppy this year, down from 85% last year. While these findings can be attributed to the global pandemic, unfortunately, a large portion of it is attributed to the declining knowledge of military history. Now and into the future, it's important that we keep our history alive in the hearts and minds of our people.
We encourage all our students to have a moment of silent remembrance to reflect on the values that make Canada a global beacon of peace, democracy, and prosperity.