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November 03 - 07 Remembrance Day

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November 03 - 07 2014


Veterans Week and Remembrance Day - November 5 -11



The peaceful and democratic society we enjoy was created by the efforts and sacrifices of generations of Canadians who have put their lives on the line in the cause of peace and freedom around the world. Remembering and learning about all that they have done helps us to better understand our nation's history and its future. In Honour of Remembrance Day, here are some ideas and resources to assist in classroom activities and discussions.  


  • Veterans Affairs Canada has many online resources  available to support activities to honour Canada's soldiers. 
  • Members of your local Royal Canadian Legion are always available to come into the classroom to share their experiences. In addition, the national Royal Canadian Legion has an Honour and Remember page,  with links to many of their programs and contests that support remembrance of our veterans. They have also provided a Lest We Forget downloadable teaching guide. 
  • The Canadian War Museum  created the Remembrance Kit as part of its mission to promote public understanding of Canada's military history in its personal, national and international dimensions. The Kit contributes to this goal by providing students and teachers with access to the Museum's unique archival resources.
  • Alberta Education has also provided resources and recommends celebrating Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day








A different type of Remembrance service:


A row of 116 flags were raised along Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake on Saturday to commemorate the 116,000 Canadian soldiers who have died since 1900. Allan Cameron, executive director of Veterans Voices of Canada, said the 116 flags — one flag to represent 1,000 soldiers — are meant to make people "stop, think and remember." 

The flags were sponsored in the names of fallen soldiers.


According to Sylvan Lake News, the flags will remain in place until mid-November, when they will be taken down and presented to the sponsored soldiers' family members.


Many schools have Remembrance Day activities and services planned - here are 10 "Quick Facts" regarding the day:


  1. Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
  2. From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. In 1931, Alan Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox–Alberni, introduced a bill to observe Armistice Day only on November 11. Passed by the House of Commons, the bill also changed the name to “Remembrance Day”. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931.
  3. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 1,500,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  4. The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to Veterans.
  5. Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada. It is also a statutory holiday in three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and in six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador).
  6. The national ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Governor General of Canada presides over the ceremony. It is also attended by the Prime Minister, other government officials, representatives of Veterans’ organizations, diplomatic representatives, other dignitaries, Veterans as well as the general public.
  7. In advance of the ceremony, long columns of Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP officers, and cadets march to the memorial lead by a pipe band and a colour guard. At the end of the ceremony, they march away to officially close the ceremony.
  8. Some of the 54 Commonwealth member states, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, observe the tradition of Remembrance Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Other nations observe a solemn day but at different dates. For example,ANZAC Day is observed in New Zealand on April 25. In South Africa, Poppy Day is marked on the Sunday that falls closest to November 11.
  9. Many nations that are not members of the Commonwealth also observe Remembrance Day on November 11, including France, Belgium and Poland.
  10. The United States used to commemorate Armistice Day on November 11. However, in 1954 they changed the name to Veterans Day.




Whatever you choose to do, please ensure that you take time to recall all of the brave men and women who have fought for our country, and to ensure that we can still enjoy the rights and freedoms that we have today.


In Flander's Fields - John MacCrae


Reply to Flander's Fields - John Mitchell 









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