Share Some Remembrance Day Poppy Love

Share Some Poppy Love Canada “Many of the men and women like my Dad preferred not to share the horrors of war but instead taught us the costs of freedom. Thank you!” “They […]

Share Some Poppy Love Canada

“Many of the men and women like my Dad preferred not to share the horrors of war but instead taught us the costs of freedom. Thank you!”

“They shall not grow old as we are left to grow old,

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We shall remember them.” Anonymous

Remembrance Day services began in 1919. It was not always referred to as Remembrance Day… no, it was once called Armistice Day. Armistice Day was created to recognize the agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

First Nation War Memorial, Ottawa, Ontario

Every year on November 11th Canada along with other Commonwealth countries go silent for 2 minutes in honour of the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict & peace. “Lest We Forget” more than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country and 118,000 and growing have made the ultimate sacrifice (Veterans Affairs Government of Canada).

My father served in the Canadian Navy during WWII. He did not say much about it. In fact we never talked about it. I probably would of never known he served if I did not uncover a photo of Dad with his mates aboard his navy ship. I will never know either as Dad passed away taking his stories with him.

“Many of the men and women like my Dad preferred not to share the horrors of war but instead taught us the costs of freedom. Thank you.”

Every year I read the poem, “Flanders Field”. Not many know this of me. I have a copy of the famed poem on my computer which I share every year on social media. It reminds me to never forget, be thankful and honour those who gave their lives for my way of life. On November 11th, Canada gathers together to give thanx to the fallen for protecting our freedoms and to those assisting countries fighting for freedom and democracy.

Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, Ottawa, Ontario

There are many memorial monuments, historic sites, gardens and cenotaphs erected across the country paying tribute to the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. In fact, most every community in Canada has a memorial where people meet at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to pay their respects, give thanx and lay poppies.

Remembrance Day ceremonies vary across the country. Some of the activities include video presentations, veterans parade, singing choirs, guest speakers, honour guards, 21 gun salutes, historic reenactments, bag pipes and drums, as well as, the laying of poppies and wreaths. It is pretty much a given that all services include 2 minutes of silence, as they should.

During our travels across the country we have visited some very unique and not-so-unique memorials honouring the fallen. Some memorials were known to us while others were not. The well known and not so well known all provided us with an enhanced appreciation of our soldiers, search & rescue and our police force. None of which are easy jobs, let alone truly appreciated.

Here are 7 memorials across the country that caught our eye that you may want to visit during your travels. Remember this… you do not have to wait for Remembrance Day to pay your respects. Let us know of any memorials you would like to share.

Veterans' Memorial Gardens,  Manitoulin Island

Veterans’ Memorial Gardens, Manitoulin Island

(1) “Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier” Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: By far the most popular, publicized and recognized memorial in Canada. It is the national site of which Remembrance Day services in Canada are held. The tomb is the final burial place of an unidentified Canadian soldier who died in France during World War I in the vicinity of Vimy Ridge. It is the only memorial (please correct us if we are wrong) where a soldier stands guard on site.

(2) “Veterans’ Memorial Gardens ” Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada: This memorial caught us off guard as it was located on the side of the main road near Mindemoya.  It was not expected but it stands out big time. Construction was completed in 1997. It was built to commemorate 128 fallen militia and 2,200 Canadian Merchant Seamen. Today, there are 10 plaques with 130 names of people who had fallen during times of war. The memorial is located at the intersection of Highway 542 and Carnarvon Side-road #5.

(3) “Aboriginal Memorial in Canada” Confederation Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Another cenotaph from Ottawa, Canada. This beautifully crafted memorial honours the contributions made by our First Nation people during times of war. Look closely as there is a buffalo, bear, wolf, eagle integrated into the memorial.

Parliament Memorial, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Victoria Square, Winnipeg, Manitoba

(4) “Parliament Memorial” Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: You can not help but notice this memorial cenotaph in Victoria Square, Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is a towering monument dominating many sight lines from many streets. What we found really unique was that just down the same street was another monument of a B.C.A.T.P Memorial Airman saluting the cenotaph. Nice touch.

(5) “Halifax Citadel National Historic Site” Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: It is a historic site which has played a large role in protecting Canada’s east coast. Fort George is the fortified summit on Citadel Hill. The historic site is also a destination for recognizing Remembrance Day in Canada. The fort is a key attraction in Halifax and is a good reminder of the sacrifices of those who have kept Canada strong, proud and free. There are also exhibits and reenactments on site depicting historic Canadian battles.

(6) “Memorial Park” Sudbury, Ontario, Canada: The entire park is a memorial with cenotaph, monuments, gardens and sitting benches. Of particular interest is the wall of names. The memorial cenotaph was created in 1957 to honour the 575 citizens of Sudbury, Ontario who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First, Second and Korea Wars. The wall of names in beautifully done.

Wascana Park Memorial, Regina, Saskatchewan

Wascana Park Memorial, Regina, Saskatchewan

(7) “Wascana Park Memorial” Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: The white stone memorial is eye catching and beautifully sculpted. It was first constructed in 1926 by the 28th Battalion Association and officially completed in 1995 in honour of 5,348 Saskatchewan men and women who were killed in the First and Second World War. It is located just west of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building near Albert Street in Wascana Park.

Did You Know:

“Canadian War Museum” Ottawa, Canada: Throughout November the museum holds many events and exhibits telling the story and the costs of Canadians during times of war. “On Remembrance Day, at exactly 11 a.m. EST, a beam of sunlight shines through a single window in Memorial Hall to frame the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier.


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Share Some Remembrance Day Poppy Love was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by Greg "Gug" Girard