Today is Remembrance Day.
Solvember 11: Remember
In Canada throughout the beginning of November many people wear red poppies on their clothes over their heart. This year some have worn white poppies in recognition of all the citizens deaths of war as well but many are upset that they didn't make it a seperate day. This day is traditionally in remembrance of veteran deaths.
"Red poppies symbolize the memory of those who died and white poppies campaigns for non-military interventions in conflict situations. On November 11, special church services are organized. These often include the playing of "The Last Post", a reading of the fourth verse of the 'Ode of Remembrance' and two minutes silence at 11:00 (or 11am). After the service, wreaths are laid at local war memorials. The official Canadian national ceremonies are held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, according to a strict protocol. A service is held and wreaths are laid by armed services representatives. In May 2000 the remains of a Canadian soldier who died in France in World War I, but was never been identified, were laid in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial.
Since then, members of the public have laid poppies, letters and photographs on the tomb. Similar services and events are held throughout Canada. Some schools that are open on Remembrance Day hold special assemblies, lessons and presentations on armed conflicts and those who died in them."
A poem about Remembrance Day that is always read in schools is "In Flanders Fields", I've personally sung a beautiful version of it for choir.
In ceremonies there is generally the playing of bagpipes, flag raising, a memorial video of all recent military deaths, a memorial video of world war veterans.
Pittance of Time, about why everyone can take the 2 minutes for silence in honour of the veterans.
This is my Great Grandfather William Upton, he's currently 103 years old. He was a British parachuter and traveled all over the place while in the army.
That was his group.
That was him at his 100th birthday, they got him another baret he would have had. He also got his letter from the Queen and a few other places.
My great grandmother, Peggy Lamb worked building planes and taking calls and such during the wars. She passed away a few years ago.
From his 102nd Birthday here's a photo with him smiling at this little baby Hazel, she's a relative .They all came from Europe to visit. Wanted to include a nice photo.
So don't forget all the lives that were lost years ago so that we are able to live as we do.
Rest in Peace to all that died at the hands of War.