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Remembrance Day In Griesbach

Posted On: 11/06/2014

A Remembrance Day ceremony will be held in Village At Griesbach on November 11, 2014 at Patricia Lake. The ceremony will begin shortly after 10:15 am. At 11 am a moment of silence will be observed followed by a wreath laying ceremony. Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday that is recognized by many commonwealth countries. Originally called Armistice Day, Remembrance Day commemorates the end of fighting in World War I on November 11, 1918 at 11 am. The war was officially declared over when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.

Canada's Military Involvement

Throughout Canada's history, over 1,500,000 men and women have served in uniform. Canada has sent troops to major global conflicts including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the war in Afghanistan and most recently the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Of those who served, 118,000 paid the cost of freedom with their lives.

"Remembrance Day is the date of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace"–Veterans Affairs Canada

The Poppy

Each year beginning on the last Friday in October until November 11th, the Royal Canadian Legion provides poppies to the public as a symbol of Remembrance Day. Canadians wear the poppy on their left side, closest to the heart, as a symbol of support for our armed forces, both past and present.

The poppy became a symbol of remembrance when Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote his famous WW I rondeau,In Flanders Field.Lt.-Col. McCrae noticed their ubiquity on battlefields throughout France and Belgium and wrote them into his poem. The lime rich soil from debris and rubble allowed these little red flowers to flourish, particularly around the graves of fallen soldiers.*

In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Support Canadian Veterans

The Poppy Campaign is one of the Canadian Legion's most important programs. The money raised provides assistance to Veterans in need of medical care and long term assistance. To donate to the Canadian Legion visit the Poppy Campaign Website at LEGION.CA
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