Every year Canadians commemorate the sacrifices of millions of our nation’s bravest souls who fought for this country, its people, its values, and each other in the battlefields of the world, from the Great War of 1914 – 1919, the Second World War (1939-1945) and finally the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Also recognized each year on November 11th, Remembrance Day, are the sacrifices paid by our soldiers on peacekeeping duties throughout the world in the post-World War Two era. November 11th was chosen to serve as Remembrance Day as it is the day on which the Great War ended – the Eleventh Hour, of the Eleventh Day, of the Eleventh Month.
Beginning in late
October until the end of November 11th, Canadians are asked to
wear a red poppy on their dress as a symbol of remembrance and eternal
gratitude to those who gave their lives for us. The red flush of the poppy in
bloom, noted in the wake of the
Not only Canadians have
benefited from the sacrifices of those brave individuals, but so have other
nations, from France and Hong Kong in World War Two, to places like Bosnia
that have been so highly influenced by the work of Canadian peacekeepers.
Canadian soldiers, past and present, have had a tremendous affect on the
lives of people in
This year the national
Veteran’s Week theme is “The Italian Campaign”, which was the first major
ground offensive for
Lest We Forget.
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