In this article, you will learn complete detail about the observance of Remembrance Day 2018 in Canada. Remembrance Day (Also known as Poppy Day) is celebrated in respect of the sacrifices of the Canadian people in armed conflicts during the world war I and II. Remembrance Day is observed in many member nations of the Commonwealth. Veterans Day is celebrated on the same date in the United States of America.
In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is celebrated which closest to November 11. This day marks the official end of the World War I on November 11, 1918. The huge number of civilians and military personnel lost their lives in the World War I. Canadian troops were also the part of the Allied forces. This massive conflict was played out over the whole globe, but particularly in Europe. Many more people were badly injured during this war and left great emotional scars in the civilians and military personnel who had experienced it. Every year 11 November is observed as a national holiday in Canada and it is officially called Remembrance Day. It is also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day in Canada.
Activities On Remembrance Day 2018 In Canada:
On the occasion of the Remembrance Day, many Canadian people wear artificial poppies on their clothes. People use red and white poppies to give the tribute to the military personnel and civilians who lost their lives in the World War. Red poppies are used for the memory of dead and white poppies used for non-military civilians. On the occasion of Remembrance Day in Canada, special church services including the playing of “The Last Post”, reading of 4th verse of the “Ode of Remembrance” and two minutes silence are organized in Canada. Wreaths are laid at local war memorials after the two minutes silence.
The official Canadian national ceremonies are also arranged at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to give special tribute to the dead souls of the nation. Armed services representatives are laid wreaths at the National War Memorial accordingly. After the military tribute, the members of the public have laid poppies, letters, and photographs on the War Memorial Tomb. These services and events are held in whole Canada to celebrate this day. Even some schools held special assemblies, lessons, presentations, and events on the occasion of Remembrance Day in Canada.
Although the Remembrance Day is observed in whole Canada, it is not a general holiday in all provinces of the country. Its status varies from province to province. Some province recognizes it as holiday while some not like Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, Quebec.
Symbols Used For Remembrance Day 2018 In Canada:
Remembrance day 2018 in Canada is symbolized by the artificial poppies flowers. People wear red and white poppies on their clothes on the occasion of the Remembrance Day in Canada. The artificial poppies also used to place at the war memorials. The poppies used as wreaths. A Canadian military doctor and poet John McCrae used the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in his Flanders Fields poem. He tells us about the historic association of the poppies and says that poppies are growing in the Flemish graveyards. Soldiers were buried in this graveyard where poppies are growing.
People use red color poppies as a mark of the blood lost by the victims in the conflict. Some people choose to wear white poppies to give tribute to non-military interventions in conflict situations. There are some other symbols of Remembrance Day including the war memorials. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, Ontario is also considered as a well-known memorial symbol. On the occasion of Remembrance Day, military parades are held being considered as the symbol of Remembrance Day.