Remembrance day is upon us where many people collectively pay their respects towards the end of the first World War, and those fallen whom have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
As a sign of support, respect and remembrance, Commonwealth country participants stop for a moment of silence in the 11th month, on the 11th day and at the 11th hour and/or wear a red poppy pin on their lapel in the days leading up to the day of Remembrance.
Poppies became a popularized symbol of Remembrance Day after the poem by John McCrae “In Flander’s Fields”. John McCrae was inspired by the fields of poppies that bloomed over some of the worst battle fields of Flanders. Due to the nature of their natural blood red colourings, poppies symbolize death or sleep and blood-shed.
In Canada the official national ceremony is in Ottawa at the National War Memorial. Similar ceremonies are held locally in various towns and cities at parks, community centres and even in schools available for all residents and visitors to participate in.