On the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour, WW1 came to and end. The Germans signed a formal agreement with the Allies to stop the fighting. WW1, also known as the war to end all wars, is considered to be one of the most deadly human conflicts in history; it claimed the lives of over 9 Million Soldiers and left 21 million soldiers wounded.
November 11th marks a very significant day in our history. This is a day we shall not forget, a day when Canadians reflect on the many sacrifices made and the millions of lives that were lost so that the many generations to come could live in peace. We want to remember and honour the Veterans who were out on the front lines, and show our respect to the many men and women who continue to protect our country and its people.
Here are 6 Ways You Can Show Your Respect On Remembrance Day:
1. Purchase and Wear a Poppy
The Poppy has traditionally been worn since 1921 to commemorate the veterans of WW1. Purchasing and proudly wearing a poppy on your left side, closet to your heart, is a visual way to honour those who have sacrificed so much.
2. Attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony in Your Community
Attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony in your area. Show your gratitude for those who have served as well as those who continue to serve Canada and its people in a public display of respect.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Central Alberta:
Red Deer – Servus Arena & Veterans’ Park at 10:30 am
Blackfalds – Abbey Centre at 10:30 am
Sylvan Lake – Nexus Centre at 10:30 am
Innisfail – Innisfail Legion at 9:45 am
3. Take Two Minutes of Silence at 11:00 AM
Even the moments that no one sees can be a powerful way to remember those who have been lost. At 11:00 am take two minutes of silence; head bowed, body still. Give up two minutes to think of those who give up their lives. It’s a personal way to honour and respect our soldiers.
4. Say Thank You
When you recognize a member in uniform, you can honour them by shaking their hand and saying thank you. This simple gesture shows a Veteran that their sacrifices and loses were not in vain, nor taken for granted.
5. Visit With a Veteran
Perhaps visit one of your relatives who was alive in that era. Stop by the legion or a retirement home or sit and visit with a Veteran, or a widow, and let them share their stories. Pass on their stories; help future generations preserve the past so that these sacrifices will not be forgotten.
6. Learn about WWI
History is one of the most valuable teachers. There are many incredible books, media, and movies about WWI. Take some time to read and learn about the war. There are historical locations, museums, and more if you have the opportunity. Share your knowledge and passion with your family and friends so that they too can better understand and remember.
Remembrance Day is much more than another day off. Do your best to honour and remember the brave men and women who have made freedom possible for so many, in whatever form that takes.