Nov. 8, 2023
Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. Poppies are worn as the symbol of remembrance, a reminder of the blood-red flower that still grows on the former battlefields of France and Belgium.
“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.”
The two minutes of silence provide another significant way of remembering wartime while thinking of peace. One day every year, we pay special homage to those who died in service to their country. We remember these brave men and women for their courage and their devotion. We wear poppies, attend ceremonies, and visit memorials.