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Remembrance Day: Lest we Forget


Every November 11th at 11 a.m., there is a moment of silence for all of the Canadian men and women that served and sacrificed their lives for the peaceful country that Canada is today.

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This year Premier Kathleen Wynne will be moderating the Queen's Park Remembrance Day ceremony to honour the military men and women that have previously served and continue to serve Canada. The ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. in front of Toronto's Legislative building near the Ontario Veterans' Memorial.

Remembrance Day Ceremony 2016 in Toronto. Photo Courtesy of City of Toronto.

Historically, the poppy is worn every year because those specific flowers grew on the battlefields after World War 1 came to an end. The famous poppy poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during the second Battle of Ypres can be read below.

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

A big thank you goes out to all of the Canadian military who continue to make sacrifices every day in order to serve our great country.

By: Alaina Pawlowicz

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