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Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day in Griesbach

Posted On: 11/05/2020

November 11th is the day we take time to remember the sacrifices made by Canadian Armed Forces to protect our way of life. It is important to remember the fallen every day of the year, but on Remembrance Day, we take time out of our days to stand in support of our troops and show younger generations the importance of remembrance. 

Village at Griesbach holds Remembrance Day in high importance, due to the military history of the land we build on. Griesbach honours the sacrifices of The Canadian Armed Forces through monuments and memorial parks. These areas provide community members spaces to remember the people who served their country and protected our freedom.

Village at Griesbach encourages community members and all Canadians to wear a poppy as a sign of support for those who have lost their lives and all past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Poppies can be found all over the city, and are part of a campaign to raise funds for veterans and their families. Wearing a poppy is also a visual reminder to those around you, ensuring that you help spread awareness and encourage others to hold Remembrance Day in high regard.

The significance of  the poppy comes from the landscapes of the First World War, where poppies flourished in soil that was churned up by the Western Frontlines. The poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae is one of the most enduring poems from that time, and details the prevalence of poppies for soldiers serving in the war. After McCrae’s poem was published, it was soon campaigned to make poppies a symbol of remembrance for those who had served and honouring the fallen. 

Village at Griesbach pays tribute to poppy through Flanders Field Park, a park that has multiple flower beds with poppies in them. All year round, you can visit the park and remember the significance of the poppy.

Although there will be no official Remembrance Day ceremony in Village at Griesbach this year, we ask that you take time to either participate in a ceremony from home, or attend a socially distanced ceremony this year. Taking time to remember the fallen and have a moment of silence is an important tradition that should not be missed.

Commonwealth War Graves, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the stories of those who died in the First and Second World Wars are told, is hosting a virtual ceremony where participants are invited to look to the stars to remember the sacrifices of all 1.7 million men and women who gave their lives in the two world wars. The event is called #ShineOn, as a way to help remember the names of those whose lives were lost. Learn more about their commitment to remembering those who have fallen, here.

Canadians are offered a freedom and quality of life that not many countries have, and that is due to the sacrifices and commitments of our servicemen and women. To all members of the Canadian Armed Forces, past and present, we thank you for your service.