Remembering on Remembrance Day

November 10, 2015

Every November 11, in a joint effort, we Canadians remember and pay homage to our veterans.

From the Canadian War Museum website, “Canadians recognize Remembrance Day, originally called Armistice Day, every 11 November at 11 a.m. It marks the end of hostilities during the First World War and an opportunity to recall all those who have served in the nation’s defence.

In 1919 Armistice Day was recorded as the first Monday of November to remember, a day marked much too close to the Thanksgiving holiday. Seven years later in 1928, a group of “prominent citizens, many of them veterans, pushed for greater recognition and to separate the remembrance of wartime sacrifice from the Thanksgiving holiday.” Two years, later in 1931, the federal government ordered that Remembrance Day would stand alone on November 11 as a day to “emphasize the memory of fallen soldiers.

Remembrance Day is now celebrated every November 11, nationally. It is a day to honour our soldiers; the very people who fought for our country’s freedom. The day is commemorated with celebratory gatherings, two minutes of silence, the playing of the Last Post, reciting of Flanders Fields and poppies donned on the chest. In 1995, Remembrance Day celebrated 50 years and from that day stemmed a greater appreciation for the holiday which is still seen to this day, 20 years later.

Please note that all Dye & Durham offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 to observe the national statutory holiday, and will reopen on Thursday, November 12 at 8:30 a.m.

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