This week in particular has been about unbridled division, the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades.
This is why it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our countrymen and women, long ago, here and abroad.
They fought for our freedom.
The freedom to vote. The freedom to live in a democracy.
Honour the fallen by being active in your communities, both politically and charitably. Support local small businesses. Be kind to your neighbours.
What is Remembrance Day and why do people wear poppies?
In 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of World War I, several countries observed one minute of silence to commemorate those lost in the war, including the unknown soldier. This tradition grew into Remembrance Day, and a time of silence is still an important aspect of the holiday. In Canada, an official Remembrance Day ceremony takes place at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario.
Millions of people, including both military and civilians, died in World War I. Remembrance Day honors all people killed in war but places special importance on those who were killed during World War I and any wars since. In the days leading up to Remembrance Day, many people wear red poppies as a symbol of remembrance. This tradition began because poppies were some of the first flowers to grow on the battlefields in Belgium and France.
Read our post from Remembrance Day 2015, with a detailed WWII memoir written by a Polish-Canadian immigrant.