Remembrance Day
WHAT IS REMEMBRANCE DAY?
  • Armistice Day and Thanksgiving were held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell, from 1923 to 1930.
  • It wasn't until 1931 that Armistice Day became Remembrance Day and it was decided to be held on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month at eleven o'clock.
  • Over 13 million poppies are sold in Canada a year as a remembrance of the blood-red flower that to this day grows on former battlefields of France and Belgium.
  • Remembrance Day poppies were officially adopted and sold for the first time in 1921. They have been attributed to John McCrae's poem, In Flanders Fields.
  • In front of Canada's National War Memorial is The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which contains the remains of an unknown First World War soldier who was exhumed from a cemetery near Vimy Ridge. The Books of Remembrance are located in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.
  • During WW1 there were more than 600,000 uniformed Canadian service people. The population of Canada was less than 8 million.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF JOHN ALEXANDER McCRAE
Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae

Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae


(November 30, 1872 - January 28, 1918)
In the trenches amongst the horrific wreckage of the Battle of Ypres in France, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, dirty and hunched over, scribbled pensively on scrap paper to create the poem, In Flanders Fields on April 3, 1915. The day before, McCrae tragically witnessed the killing and burial of fellow Canadian, 22-year old Lieutenant Alexis Helmer of Hull, Quebec - who inspired the poem.

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