Remembrance Day at AC Library
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Remembrance Day at AC Library

Written by Library in Library Blog on October 29, 2021

What is Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day is held on November 11th each year in Canada “to remember those who died in military service, and honour those who served in wartime” (Marsh, 2021). While Remembrance Day originally started with honouring soldiers from the First World War, “it has grown to include the remembrance of war dead from the Second World War, the Korean War, and the War in Afghanistan” (Marsh, 2021). In 1919, the British Empire (which included Britain’s commonwealth countries such as Canada) instituted an “Armistice Day,” which fell on the second Monday in November and is named from the Armistice agreement which was signed between Germany and the Allied forces after World War 1. (Department of National Defence, 2019). However, Armistice Day usually fell on the same week as Thanksgiving Day in Canada, and in 1928 many veterans had started pushing for greater recognition and to separate Thanksgiving Day and Armistice Day. By 1931, the Canadian government decided that Remembrance Day would be on November 11th and Thanksgiving Day would be moved to a different date so that Remembrance Day could emphasize the memory of fallen soldiers and be properly recognized (Canadian War Museum, 2017).

Remembrance Day Ceremony

On Remembrance Day in Canada, there are ceremonies to recognize the memory of the fallen soldiers. “Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, school and homes to stand in honour of all who have fallen” (Royal Canadian Legion, 2021). It is customary to have a two-minute moment of silence at this time to honour the many Canadians who have fallen in service and acknowledge those who still serve today. It has also become customary to play the “Last Post” bugle call, recite the poem In Flanders Fields, and to wear poppies for the Remembrance Day Ceremony (Royal Canadian Legion, 2021). The Royal Canadian Legion, which is a veteran support organization, organizes and conducts the national Remembrance Day Service in Ottawa at the National War Memorial.

Learn More
NFB Campus has various short films available which are about Remembrance Day:

The Canadian Encyclopedia has a page about Remembrance Day in Canada which outlines the history of the day:

The Government of Canada website has a page dedicated to Remembrance Day which includes the history of Remembrance Day, educational resources, a guide to commemorative services, multimedia resources, and a photo and video gallery:

The Veterans Affairs Canada website has a page with 10 quick facts on Remembrance Day:

Attend Events
2021 National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial

  • This ceremony will include the Two Minutes of Silence at 11:00 am as well as prayers, placing of wreaths, and much more.

Get Involved
The Poppy Campaign

  • From the last Friday of October until November 11th, Canadians will “wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today” (Royal Canadian Legion, 2021).

References

Marsh, J. H. (2021, January 12). Remembrance Day in Canada. The Canadian Encyclopedia. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/remembrance-day

Department of National Defence. (2019, June 21). Remembrance Day | 2. History of Remembrance Day. Government of Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/military-history/history-heritage/remembrance-ceremony/2.html

Canadian War Museum. (2017, October 16). Remembrance Day. Canadian War Museum. https://www.warmuseum.ca/firstworldwar/history/after-the-war/remembrance/remembrance-day/

Royal Canadian Legion. (2021). Honour and Remember. Royal Canadian Legion. https://www.legion.ca/remembrance/remembrance-day

Royal Canadian Legion. (2021). The Poppy Campaign. Royal Canadian Legion. https://www.legion.ca/remembrance/the-poppy-campaign

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