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Remembrance Day Canada 2016

In 2016 Remembrance Day is Friday, November 11.

You may have noticed many Montrealers wearing an artificial red flower on their coat lapel recently. This symbolic flower is called a poppy. The reason for this is that Canadians are honouring the many thousands of soldiers who died in war.

What is Remembrance Day in Canada?

On remembrance day members of the armed forces (soldiers, sailors and airmen) are commemorated.

 The other common name for this day is Armistice Day which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). Some 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars.

In Canada, Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday – with a notable exception of NS, NWT, ON and QC – as it is in many other countries in the world where this day is observed on the national level.

All government buildings fly the Canadian flag this day and people remember those who fought for Canada during a two minute silence at 11am. Many people wear poppies before and on Remembrance Day to show their respect and support for Canadian troops. Poppies are generally handed out free but often a voluntary donation is given in exchange.”

The above text was extracted from Statutory Holidays Canada, a comprehensive website covering various statutory holidays.

-Melissa

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CLC Teacher of English, Samantha, proudly wearing her poppy

 

 

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