Remembrance Day Gives Canadians Time To Remember Armistice Day!
Did you know that Remembrance Day is actually Armistice Day? On 11 November, Canadians and many other countries around the world take time out to reflect on the true meaning of Remembrance Day.
Since its beginning on 28 July 1914, World War I was considered to be one of the principal wars in history. Pitted against each other were the Allies of the Triple Entente on one side of the war bitterly fighting against the Central Powers.
The Triple Entente was the name given to the alliance among Britain, France and Russia. It was the alliance of the three countries along with the countries of Portugal, Japan, the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Spain that provided the power that was needed to force the Triple Alliance of the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Kingdom of Bulgaria to its knees. Finally, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the war ended. It was on this day that the Germans signed the Armistice stopping the sixth most deadly conflict in world history.
For Canadians, King George V was the one responsible for claiming this day as a day of remembrance for those members of the armed forces that lost their lives in that fateful war. According to Wikipedia, “more than 9 million combatants were killed, largely because of great technological advances in firepower without corresponding advances in mobility.”
It’s highly likely that you will see the red remembrance poppy as it has become a very familiar emblem of Remembrance Day, so much in fact that Remembrance Day is sometimes referred to as Poppy Day. In such lands where the many battles took place during World War I, beautiful poppies with their brilliant red colour remind all of the blood that was shed.
So don’t lose this chance to remember when. This is the day that Canadians should take pause in their busy days to remember that historic day. Take time to celebrate and reflect. Stand strong Canada and use this holiday for what it signifies — remembrance of those servicemen and servicewomen who have served in the Canadian Forces in the past or for those that are currently serving. They deserve it!
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