Remembrance Day “Lest We Forget”

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served.

Generations of Canadians have served our country during times of war, military conflict and peace; they have helped ensure we live in freedom and peace, so we need to remember them and be thankful for their sacrifice.

Canada’s involvement in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and continued efforts during military operations and peace efforts help protect others’ rights while promoting peace and freedom. More than 2.3 Canadians have served, and more than 118,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace. Protecting human rights, freedom, and justice remain one of Canada’s defining characteristics in the eyes of the world.

Why Remember?

If we don’t remember, if new generations forget, then the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for Canada, they died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada.

How do we celebrate?

We celebrate every year on 11 November — the anniversary of the Armistice agreement of 1918 that ended the First World War. On this special day, public ceremonies and church services often include the playing of “Last Post,” a reading from the poem “For the Fallen,” and Canadians stay silent for two minutes of silence at 11 am. Wreaths are laid at local war memorials, and assemblies are held in schools. Millions of Canadians wear red poppy pins leading up to and on 11 November in remembrance. On 11 November, there are usually many celebrations and gatherings, but this year, due to Covid19, there will be some changes.

Remembrance Day 2020 & Covid19

This year Remembrance Day services and events will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many events were either held online, cancelled or limited to a small number of participants due to fear of contagion.

Commemorative events hosted by Veteran Affairs Canada have been adapted to meet the local COVID-19 restrictions, and some activities are being moved online so you can participate virtually. Please consult the Calendar of Events for information on specific events, sates and restrictions. Remember to follow all directions given by your local health authorities regarding public gatherings, regardless of an event’s status.

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