November 11th, every single year.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The first Remembrance Day was observed in 1919 throughout the countries of the British Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, this day commemorated the end of the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. ~ the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
That is what it is.
Here's why it is...
Historically speaking, Remembrance Day is a day that "Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
We honour those who fought for Canada in
~ the First World War (1914-1918)
~ the Second World War (1939-1945)
~ the Korean War (1950-1953)
Also, we remember those who have served since then.
More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace."
Remembrance Day in Afghanistan, CanWest News Service
I've lost family members in war.
Family members I've never met, I will never have the privilege of meeting now, because of a war that took them so tragically out of our family.
I know many people who have lost someone they love because of a war.
Tomorrow, at 11:00 A.M. our country will observe two minutes of silence in the midst of our Remembrance Day services, to honour those family members who are gone from our homes.
Here's a tribute to those people who are gone from our lives...please watch and listen to this amazing video with Terry Kelly's poignant tribute to our veterans...A Pittance of Time.
Here's my wonderful son-in-law and my grandson helping with the Remembrance Day Service last year. This year, my beautiful daughter is the Service chairperson, organizing tomorrow's service at the community hall and the Royal Canadian Legion center. I am so proud of them!
They might not have lived when the old wars raged, but they do know about the current toll that the war in Afghanistan is taking on our young men and women in the country on a peacekeeping mission. So, they do what feels right to them.
And, here is my son-in-law with the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party at the Cenotaph, completing the Laying of Wreaths at the Legion monument. A cold, bitter November morning, but not as cold as the days in the trenches in wars past.
"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."
- John McCrae