For me, the month of November typically serves as a reminder of the annual memorial date of November 11th, known as Remembrance Day. I can recall engaging in activities for Remembrance Day since I was in Kindergarten, and I think it is absolutely crucial to involve young persons in this day across Canada.
Remembrance Day is also sometimes recognized as Poppy Day. It is a day dedicated to remembering the individuals involved with the armed forces who gave their lives for their fellow people in World War One. It occurs on the eleventh of November because on November 11th, 1918, hostilities of World War One ended, and more specifically ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. However, I think it is arguable that Remembrance Day in contemporary society is also dedicated to the men and women who continue to serve for their countries across the world, meaning it is a day of respect for individuals of the past and the present.
A poppy is undoubtedly the main symbol associated with Remembrance Day. The poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate individuals affiliated with the military, and it is intended to represent a field poppy. The use of the poppy to be symbolic of Remembrance Day was inspired by the World War One poem known as “In Flanders Fields”.
World War One initiated on July 28th, 1914 and ended on November 11th, 1918. The conclusion of this world war resulted in the deaths of nine million soldiers and left twenty-one million soldiers wounded. In the particular Battle of the Somme, thirty-thousand soldiers were killed in one day, with one million in total.
World War One is a crucial component of global history that allows persons to acknowledge the sacrifices made by soldiers for their current freedom. Remembrance Day is a significant day in both Canadian and global history, and I encourage all persons to pause at 11:00am on the eleventh to pay respect to the fallen.