Remembering Our Fallen Canadians

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. / At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” — Laurence Binyon, For The Fallen..

On November 11 each year activity in Canada stops for a couple of minutes to honor and remember the men and women, who served our great country during times of peace and war. Each Canadian is obliged to remember the more than 2,300,000 who served our nation and the more than 118,000 who perished making the ultimate sacrifice.

Laurence Binyon’s famous quote will be uttered by one of the official speakers during the remembrance ceremony following a tradition going back to the original time Canada honored its war dead and those who served.

Each year the Royal Canadian Legion steps up to sell the red poppy, which is the symbol of remembrance for our war dead, the funds collected helps provide needed assistance for our veterans.

The red poppy’s origins as the symbol of remembrance originated shortly after Canadian officer John McCrae wrote his First World War poem “In Flanders Fields”, it was first published in December 1915. McCrae died shortly after writing his famous poem in that part of war-torn Europe.

Many famous people have written about that war and war in general, a few are below:

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.” — Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue

“The most persistent sound which reverberates through man’s history is the beating of war drums.” — Arthur Koestler

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy