Remembrance Day (11.11.11)

So confusing that the offensive US has two closely matched days for remembering soldiers- MEMORIAL DAY (the last Monday of May) and VETERANS DAY (Nov 11). There is only one Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) in Canada, a day set aside by the Commonwealth countries to remember and honour the men and women who have died in war and military operations.

Across Canada, whether November 11 is a statutory holiday or not, people gather for remembrance ceremonies and the observance of two minutes of silence at 11 am (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month).In Victoria, this day is celebrated by a military parade down Government St. to the grounds of the Legislature where a service of remembrance and wreath laying takes place at the Cenotaph followed by a march past in front of the Empress Hotel.

An official from Chinese Embassy. While in China, it's a funny day specially created and celebrated by single people. “1” means single, so 11-11-11 is really a big day for them. Only in Shanghai, more than 660 local couples made reservations to tie the knot on November 11 to show their “wholeheartedness” to their spouses.The marriage-registration office opened earlier than usual, and volunteers were arranged to assist the couples.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS (John McCrae)

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.

The lapel Poppies that are worn in Canada today were first made, beginning in 1922, by disabled veterans under the sponsorship of the Department of Soldiers Civil Re-establishment. Until 1996, Poppy material was made at the “Vetcraft” sheltered workshops run by Veterans Affairs Canada in Montreal and Toronto. The work provided a small source of income for disabled ex-service persons and their dependants, allowing them to take an active part in maintaining the tradition of Remembrance.

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    • # Lily

      It could be regarded as the Chinese way of celebration, like the offical above.

      2012.05.29 Reply Cancel

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