November 11th marks a very important day in Canadian history: Remembrance Day. November 11th is the anniversary of the official ending of World War I in 1918. World War I resulted in many lives lost, and even more injured, not only physically but emotionally as well. Remembrance Day commemorates those who died fighting for our country, and who gave their lives to protect us. To this day, many people are still vastly affected by aftermath that the war caused. Many had grandparents, and even great-grandparents that lost their lives during these times.
Remembrance Day is about never forgetting the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who have served our country in times of war. Many people wear poppies on their clothes to symbolize and show their support to the memory of those who died. Attending Remembrance Day ceremonies is also a common way to honour those who served. Many churches will also hold special services in recognition. There are tons of way you can show you support during this Remembrance Day. It is a widely common practice to pause for two minutes of silence at 11:00am in Canada to show appreciation.
Another great way to show support during Remembrance Day this year is to become more educated about Canadian history and what the thousands of people protecting our country gave their lives for. For example, you could read the popular poem, In Flanders Fields, and learn more about Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who wrote it.
You can ask your grandparents what they remember from that time and how their lives were affected. You can share essays, poems or other forms of creative writing about Remembrance Day, or listen to interviews given to those who were greatly affected by the events.
If you would like to show even more support, a more personal way would be to write to the troops serving today, and let them know you appreciate their service using the Department of National Defence website.