Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the official end of the World War I hostilities on November 11, 1918. World War I was a massive conflict and played out over the whole globe, but particularly in Europe, where troops from Canada supported the Allied forces. World War I resulted in the loss of huge numbers of lives amongst both civilians and military personnel. Many more people were badly injured and the war left great emotional scars on all who were affected.
Why have poppies become a symbol of Remembrance?
During the First World War, millions of soldiers saw the poppies in Flanders Fields on the Western Front. Some even sent pressed poppies home in letters. Over 100 years later, the poppy is still a world-recognised symbol of remembrance of the First World War.
The poem In Flanders Fields came to symbolize the sacrifices of all who were fighting in the First World War, and continues to be a part of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada and other countries throughout the world
Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
Kindest Regards, the Mind Forward EDI Committee