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11 interesting facts about Remembrance Day

By: Simone Castello
Canadian Living
Culture & Entertainment

11 interesting facts about Remembrance Day

By: Simone Castello

poppies_RememberanceDay 1. November 11th: Remembrance Day is commemorated each year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It highlights the moment in 1918 that marked the end of the First World War. 2. Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. 3. The poppy was one of the first flowers to bloom on the battlefields of Flanders during the First World War. Their bright red colour symbolized the blood shed during the war, but also the hope of new life after it ended. As a result, the poppy became the symbol of Remembrance Day. 4. The red poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day around the world. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to Veterans. 5. When we first started wearing poppies to mark Remembrance Day, they used to have a black centre. However, they later changed and were distributed with green centres, more than 20 years ago. The centres are now back to black in order to accurately reflect the poppies that grow in Flanders. 6. Remembrance Day was originally called Armistice Day because it was meant to commemorate the Armistice of Compiègne, an agreement between the Allies and Germany. It marked victory for the allies and defeat for the Germans. 7. From 1919 until 1931, Armistice Day was celebrated on the Monday of the week during which November 11 fell. From 1921 to 1931, this day was also designated as Thanksgiving Day. 8. Canada's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located at the National War Memorial in Ottawa's Confederation Square, and it contains the remains of an unidentified soldier who died in the First World War. 9. The remains of the Unknown Soldier were selected from a cemetery near Vimy Ridge and and they weren't brought to Canada until 2000. 10. On Remembrance Day: We remember the more than 1,500,000 Canadians who have served to protect our nation throughout history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice. 11. The Memory Project: A very interesting and impressive initiative that allows civilians the chance to get first-hand accounts from veterans, as they share their experiences from the Second World War and the Korean War. The website provides memories through oral interviews and even includes digitized artifacts and memorabilia. Image by Les Haines/FlickrCC
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