Do you remember America’s Veterans Day? If you remember it, you probably understand the meaning of Remembrance Day. It is a famous day which is celebrated every year on 11th November in Canada. The day mainly commemorates those who sacrificed their lives during the First World War. At that time some self-sacrificing people contributed a lot to protect the freedom of the country which cannot be denied.
Freedom is undoubtedly pleasant for all but it requires bloodshed to achieve it. And there are some fearless people who rush to defend freedom without giving a damn about life. However, you can imagine by now that today’s article is about the discussion of this great day. If you have little idea about the day then read this article. It will clear all your ideas.
When is Remembrance Day 2022?
Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11 in all 53 member states of the Commonwealth, including Canada. Everyone observes a minute or two of silence at exactly 11 am on this day because it was on this day in 1918 that the First World War ended. On this day, the people rejoiced as the long-running bloodshed stopped and a peace treaty was finally signed. But millions of people lost their lives during the war who are remembered on this day.
Remembrance Day 2022 will take place on Friday 11 November.
The end of this world war, which had been going on for more than four years, was indeed a great thing. In November the Germans called for a moratorium as they wanted to secure a peace settlement. This war mobilized more than 70 million people, but lost between 9 and 13 million people in this terrible war. Moreover, about one-third of those who died did not get a burial, which is very sad. However, on this day all the dead are remembered whether they have a grave or not.
How to Celebrate Remembrance Day?
Many activities are held to celebrate the day. These include special activities that are carried out everywhere. The red poppy symbolized the bloodshed of the soldiers. Pin a poppy on your shirt to represent their sacrifice. Observance of silence is one of the main functions of this day.
On this day, everyone observes two minutes of silence across the country, you should also participate in it. Meanwhile Canadians take leave from all their activities and make full preparations to commemorate the soldiers. You too can be one of those grateful people. Also pay tribute to those whose graves you know with flowers.
But those whose graves do not exist should not be forgotten, remember them too and share some respectful wishes for them as well. You check, maybe there are still any descendants of those who gave their lives during the First World War. If you find such a person, you can convey the honor to them.
You can change this by doing the following:
- By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
- By flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of “National Mourning.”
- By attending religious services of your choice.
- By visiting memorials.
- By participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 PM local time, to pause and think upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be played where possible.
- By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
Why Celebrate Remembrance Day?
There are some noble purposes for observing this day. If you don’t know about Canadian history this day can be a great resource. On this day you can learn some important facts about Canada’s role in the First World War and the role of other Commonwealth countries. On this day everyone likes to pin poppies to their clothes as they were a common sight on the Western Front during the war which never let the soldiers down.
While the war was raging, the flowers were still fresh and reminded the soldiers that there was still beauty in the world and much to hope for. There is another reason why people love this day. Since it’s a Canadian holiday, it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with the family. Spending a day for family and fallen heroes can be truly auspicious.
Facts of Remembrance Day
1) Remembrance Day was initially called “Armistice Day” and it originated to commemorate the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.
2) Poppies are worn during a remembrance period that runs from the last Friday in October till November 11. The poppies are also worn at memorial events throughout the year, such as anniversaries of important battles. Money raised from the “Poppy Campaign” provides assistance for military veterans in need.
3) The poppy tradition began when the noticeable red flower was seen growing over the graves of soldiers.
4) Led by the Governor General, the National Remembrance Day Ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and is broadcast nationally.
5) The National (Silver) Cross Mother represents all mothers whose sons or daughters died while on active duty. Chosen by The Royal Canadian Legion, the annual honoree places a wreath at the base of the National War Memorial at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony.
6) Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in most Canadian provinces, except Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
7) At 11 a.m., on the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians stop what they’re doing for a moment of silence.
8) Members of the Canadian military have seen combat in both World Wars, the Korean War, the South African War, the Arab-Israeli Conflict in 1974, and in Afghanistan, among other battles.
9) Previously, Remembrance Day coincided with Thanksgiving Day. Many veterans and citizens, however, pushed for the days to be celebrated separately, and in 1931, Thanksgiving was moved to a different date.
10) The poem, “In Flanders Fields,” was written by Canadian John McCrae and has become synonymous with Remembrance Day. It is often recited at many memorial ceremonies.
Remembrance Day Messages and Quotes
Happy Remembrance Day. Let us make the most of today by counting our blessings and standing proud.
On this Remembrance Day, let us remember all those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the country.
Remembrance Day is the day to give back love to those soldiers who loved our nation selflessly. May they always be in our prayers.
Happy Remembrance Day to you all. Let’s maintain a minute of silence and pay respect to the remembrance of our brave soldiers.
We are forever grateful to these brave souls, and we swear to uphold their brave acts in the future.
Best wishes on this Remembrance Day. Today, we pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation.
They sacrificed their lives for this nation, let us take some time to honor all the soldiers on this Remembrance Day.
Allow yourself to be moved by the emotions of Remembrance Day. Greetings of Remembrance Day.
On this day of remembrance, let us all commemorate our fallen heroes who gave their lives for our country and our future.
The martyrs are real patriots and the reason for this day of remembrance. We show gratitude to our fallen heroes.
Courage is one of the most valuable gifts you can give to your country, and each of the victims gave it all.
Each of the martyrs is a hero because they prioritized the country over their own life. On this Remembrance Day, we are grateful to remember them.
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” – William Havard
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Douglas MacArthur
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” – Elie Wiesel
“The legacy of heroes — the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“May we never forget our fallen comrades. Freedom isn’t free.” – Sgt. Major Bill Paxton
“I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan
“America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.” – Claudia Pemberton
“Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.” – Barack Obama
Remembrance Day is a significant day. Canada’s glory days did not come easily. After a long bloody battle and many lives, the day was won by all. Therefore, thanks should be given to those soldiers who did not want to stay in any safe position, but rushed with the utmost courage to achieve freedom where they finally succeeded.
You may not have witnessed the First World War but the history will surely thrill you. So, do whatever you can to remember them during the holidays in their honor because these heroes deserve a lifetime of honor.