On November 11th, we remember and commemorate all of those who fought and died in their line of duty to serve our country and keep peace. Originally called Armistice Day, it marks the day World War One concluded; on the 11th day of November, on the 11th month, at the 11th hour. The significance of this day is not only important to the soldiers that passed, but also the loved ones affected by war and losing those that they loved most.
Why is it a poppy for Remembrance Day?
First adopted in 1921, the poppy marks 100 years of symbolism for Remembrance Day in Canada. The poppy was first used as symbolism for remembrance day following the poem “In Flanders Fields”, which was written by John McCrae in 1915. John McCrae served as a medical officer in the First World War and wrote the poem about the passing of his fellow soldier in the battlefield.
The poppy is a symbol of sleep and death, and poppies grew on the battlefield during the First World War in battle. Poppies are also worn on the left side near the heart.
Why do we hold a 2-minute silence?
The two-minute silence to pause and remember those who lost their lives and sacrificed themselves for the well-being of others and their country. It is a tradition on November 11th, where it is said that King George V declared “All locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”
Typically, the two-minute silence commences after the trumpet song “The Last Post” is played. Usually the 2-minute silence is observed at 11am on November 11th.
On November 11th, Canadian’s should take a moment to reflect on the importance of the day and the freedom we have now. At Oak Learners, we will be remembering this day with our students, wearing our poppies, and reflecting.
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