Lest we forget
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. On this day we honour Canadians who fought and died in wars. Many communities have special events and parades on Remembrance Day.
Watch this Remembrance Day ad from the Government of Canada
Sixty thousand Canadians died in World War I. Many were buried in Flanders fields in Belgium. Red poppies grow on the graves in the fields. Red poppies are the symbol of Remembrance Day. People donate to help veterans by buying poppies from veterans on the street.
Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McRae wrote a famous poem about war and the poppies called In Flanders Fields.
Learn more about the poem, In Flanders Fields, and the man who wrote it.
Watch this video, The Poppy Story from Poppy Scotland Education.
Watch this video, The Tower of London Poppies in England. 88,246 bright red ceramic poppies are planted at the Tower of London. Each poppy represents a soldier who died in the First World War.
Contest for young Canadians aged 14 – 17. Vimy Pilgrimage Award.
Learn more about The Battle at Vimy Ridge.
Story reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper, September / October 2016