On November 11th we gather in remembrance of the sacrifices made by those who have served in uniform. We particularly remember those who gave their lives in service of our country. Though many years have passed since they made their sacrifice, we remember them, and their deeds will live on in the hearts and minds of every Canadian.
This year marks several milestone anniversaries of battles and conflicts in which Canada played a key role:
The 10th anniversary of the end of Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan;
The 30th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War;
The 80th anniversary of the Defence of Hong Kong;
The 105th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel and
The 100th anniversary of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
Inspired by John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”, Anna Guerin, from France, had the idea to distribute the Poppy as a way to raise money for veterans and the families of those who gave their lives during the First World War.
The Great War Veterans Association, which later became part of the Canadian Legion, adopted the poppy as the Flower of Remembrance. A symbol of Remembrance and of a hope for a peaceful tomorrow – pinned close to our hearts.
While this 2021 season of remembrance may continue to look different, with smaller ceremonies or perhaps even virtual ceremonies, please join your fellow Canadians in taking some time, in silent reflection, to remember and honour our brave heroes.
Lest we forget.