Remembrance Day

Poppy for Remembrance Day
photo credit: Rammikins!

When I first landed in Canada, I remember that I kept seeking ‘typical signs of Canadian-ness’ – you know, those things that make a country unique.

Having lived in different countries and traveled worldwide, I always find that there is always something that emphasizes the unique nature of the culture in a country.

Remembrance Day, for me, is one of those very Canadian things. Recognized in other allied countries as Armistice Day, in Canada it’s a day to remember and pay our respects.

I clearly remember that when I first saw the many Vancouverites who proudly displayed their poppies on their lapel, I wanted to know what exactly that poppy meant. Now, I do know. November 11th marks the anniversary of the armistice to end World War I.

None of my grandparents were involved in the World War, but I now live in Canada, a country that saw many soldiers sacrifice their lives to preserve the freedoms that I now am able to enjoy here. Therefore, I did take two minutes of silence this morning at 11 am to remember the fallen.

We never will forget those who fell.

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Comments (4)

Kellie RichardsonNovember 11th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

that was a really sentimental read:) I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing

Britney BennettNovember 11th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

In the United States, Veterans’ Day has long stopped being about the armistice and now simply reflects respect for all military members, past and present.

Tanya RobertsNovember 11th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Good post. Both of my great grandpas fought in the world war. We are so blessed that so many brave people were, and still are, willing to lay down their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today. We must never forget.

Veronica Heringer-AmesNovember 12th, 2009 at 10:23 am

Hi Raul,
I am still looking for signs of Canadian-ness. Yesterday, I headed to the Memorial service with my camera in an attempt to capture some Canadians souls. We – my husband and I – lost two vetereans in our family this year and it was really hard to hold the tears back during the ceremony.
I tried to convey the experience of my first memorial service in Vancouver on my blog, but I think that it will take me a while before I understand some rituals as a real Canadian.
Take Care,

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