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Remembrance Day in Canada


This year Remembrance Day is on Monday November, 2013.

On remembrance day member of armed forces who fought in war are remembered. This day is also called Pppy day or Armistice Day. It marks the date and time when World War I stopped i.e on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month).

Some 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars.

In Canada, Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday (except in NL, NWT, ON and QC). There are many countries around the globe who celebrate this day on national level.

The common British, Canadian, South African, and ANZAC tradition includes either one or two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 am, 11 November), as that marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when the armistice became effective. All government buildings fly the Canadian flag. People wear poppies before and on Remembrance Day to show their respect and support for Canadian troops. Poppies are generally handed out free but often a voluntary donation is given in exchange. Services are held at war memorials.

There is a lot of debate about turning this into a public holiday and some people are really mad why this is not a public holiday already. People however do show their support by buying poppies and showing up for the veteran comemoration ceremonies.

2013 is Year of the Korean War Veteran

In the United States this day is called Veteran's Day and is also observed on November 11. In the United Kingdom, although two minutes of silence are observed on 11 November itself, the main observance is on the second Sunday of November, Remembrance Sunday.

Learning resources

Here are some good learning resources for ages 5-up. Really there is not age limit to learning and as canadians it is our duty to try and learn the events that shaped us into what we are today.


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