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Remembrance Day
by +Tammy West - Thursday, 9 November 2017, 10:47 PM
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On November 11th, 1918 the guns were officially silenced with the end of World War 1.  Since that time, November 11th has been designated as a day of REMEMBRANCE for the men and women who fought in war for our freedom in Canada.  On this day, we wear a poppy and take a moment of silence at the 11th hour to honour our veterans and the lives lost to war.   Although the world wars were fought outside of Canada, many Aboriginal people felt it was their duty to fight with Canada and joined the war effort either on the battlefields or home front.  If you would like more information about Aboriginal Contributions to World War 1, click on the link.

John McCrea (1872-1918), a Canadian soldier wrote the following poem after seeing his fellow soldiers die in the trenches during World War 1.  He unfortunately died during World War 1 but his memory remains alive.

'In Flanders Fields'

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.