How is Remembrance Day in Canada observed? According to Veterans Affairs Canada, “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), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as 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.”
As an adult reading this, you are probably already well aware of the significance of Remembrance Day in Canada, how important it is to honour the men and women who have served our country and fought for our freedom. But do your children really know the meaning behind Remembrance Day in Canada? For many kids these days, their view on what war is comes from what they’ve “learned” from playing games like Call of Duty or other Xbox and PlayStation war games – certainly not an honest look of what war is really about. The veterans who fought for Canada didn’t have the option to just hit the “power off” button when they had enough and it’s essential that the kids of today understand this.
If you want to educate yourself or your kids more on what Remembrance Day in Canada means, check out A Day of Remembrance: Veterans Affairs Canada provide you with information on why we should remember, who and what we should remember, and how we should remember.
Although Remembrance Day in Canada concentrates on honouring those who fought in the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean War, we should also take the time to pay our respects to the Canadians who are currently in Afghanistan and those who have lost their lives over there.
Lest we forget.