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Marking Remembrance Day, 2015

   

For generations who have not known war, it’s easy to forget the sacrifice military members have made for Canada.

That’s why we commemorate Remembrance Day on Nov. 11. Although it is not an official holiday everywhere in our country, take a moment during Remembrance Day to appreciate what veteran men and women have endured in armed conflicts since the early 20th century.

Since World War 1, nearly 100,000 Canadians have died fighting for our country. Many more were wounded or came home with life-changing injuries. These brave people should not be forgotten.

Remembrance Day was originally named Armistice Day to memorialize the signing of the document that ended World War I. The war, which was the bloodiest conflict in history until that time, officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Or, 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Many Canadians still refer to the day as Armistice Day. In other countries, Remembrance Day is known by other names and held on dates other than Nov. 11.

The prime minister and other dignitaries mark the day with a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Schools also may have informal observances.

In your own city or town, you may notice flags at half-staff or the sale of poppies.

Poppies are the symbol of Remembrance Day. These flowers grow in fields throughout Europe, their red colour a metaphor for the bloodshed that occurred on many of those fields during World War I.

A Special Craft for Remembrance Day

Building a Remembrance Day wreath is a way to honour these veterans and show you have not forgotten their sacrifice.

You’ll need Elmer’s Tacky Glue and some basic materials from the store. Your wreath looks best if about a dozen students cut the shape of their hand in green foam, although fewer cutouts also work. The red pom-poms are reminiscent of poppies.

Have everyone sign the wreath. This craft makes a touching gift for a veteran.

How do you observe Remembrance Day?

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