Every November 11th, Canadians gather around their local war memorial to lay wreaths, hear speeches, listen to the last post, and witness the surviving heroes honoring their fallen brothers and sisters. We all put on a poppy and congregate in schools, gymnasiums, or local parks to remember.
Everyone bows their head at 11 am for a solemn, two-minute moment of silence to reflect and remember the ones that have fallen fighting for our country. The ceremonies also normally contain choirs, speeches by children, the famous “Flanders Field” poem, and bag pipes.
The red poppy has become and emblem of Remembrance Day, because of the poem “Flanders Field”. Their brilliant red color is the symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
We must remember the ones who have died for us. The meaning of Remembrance Day is to reminisce on our heroes sacrifices; as our future is their monument.
We often take for granted our Canadian values and privileges, our freedom, and our right to live under a government of our choice. On this day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country. And we recognize our responsibility to work for the peace they fought so hard to achieve.
There are a number of Remembrance Days ceremonies planned in the North Okanagan for today. The largest ceremony is held here in Vernon at Kal Tire Place. We hope to see you at one of the ceremonies remembering those that have fallen for your freedom.
Happy Remembrance Day!