As Canadians, we have so much to be grateful for:
Every day we get the opportunity to practice freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association– the list goes on and on. These freedoms were not just given to us–they were fought for and paid for with the blood of men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice: their lives.
Remembrance Day is set aside for us to pay tribute to those who went to the front lines and fought at places like Vimy Ridge in France; Ortona in Italy; Kapyong in Korea and Kandahar province in Afghanistan.
We are duty bound to remember that the freedoms that we take part in today were secured by the sacrifice of our fellow Canadians.
Did you know?
Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Why do we hold a two-minute silence?
The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on November 11th, 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11 a.m.
This was one year after the end of The First World War.
He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”.