Vancouver, BC - Each year on November 11th we remember those who have fought and served for Canada’s many freedoms. It is a day to take a moment to not only remember those who have served and continue to serve to ensure our country's many freedoms, but to show our deep gratitude to those men and women and let them know we will never forget. Remembrance Day is observed on the 11th of November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month".
Throughout the country ceremonies take place to commemorate the members of Canada’s Armed Forces. Each community has their own traditions for these ceremonies but most commonly two minutes of silence is observed prior to or following the recital of the poem In Flanders Field.
The symbol of Remembrance Day is the red poppy of Flanders and northern France. Canadians wear red poppies not only on November 11th but on the days leading up to it as a sign of remembrance. The poppy's representation of death and renewal predates the First World War. The seeds of the poppy flower may remain dormant in the earth for many years, but they will blossom in abundance when the soil is churned. As the fighting of World War I began to turn the earth in late 1914, the fields of Flanders and northern France saw scores of red poppies appear.