Remembrance Day in Canada
Memorials Honouring Canada's Heroes Coast to Coast
Remembrance Day: A Time to Reflect and Remember
Remembrance Day in Canada Commemorative Ceremonies
The Poppy: A Symbol of Remembrance
In Flanders fields the poppies blowby Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
Between the crosses, row on row,
Memorializing Our Fallen Heroes
Honouring Veterans of WWI, WII, and the Korean War: Gander War Memorial, Gander, NL
by Laurence Binyon
They shall grow not old, as we who are left 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.
Their name liveth for evermore.
Remembering the Soldiers of the Crimean War: Sebastopol Monument, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Sebastopol Monument, Halifax, Nova Scotia (also known as the Welsford-Parker Monument) is a triumphal arch that commemorates the Siege of Sebastopol (1854-1855). It is the fourth oldest war monument in Canada (1860), and the only monument in North America dedicated to the Crimean War. The Crimean War was fought between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, France, the United Kingdom, and Sardinia-Piedmont. At the time, the Russian Empire was expanding, the Ottoman Empire was declining, and both Britain and France had an interest in the Ottoman Empire holding the balance of power in Europe. Ultimately, the allied armies were victorious, and the Siege of Sebastopol was a the culminating conflict in the Crimean War.
Recognzing Military Leaders: Wolfe-Montcalm Obelisk, Quebec City, Quebec
Their courage gave them a common death, history a common fame, posterity a common memorialby John Charlton Fisher
Honouring Aboriginal Soldiers: National Aboriginal Veterans Monument, Ottawa, Ontario
The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument in Ottawa, Canada commemorates the contributions of all Aboriginal Peoples in war and peacekeeping operations from World War I to the present. Remembrance ceremonies are held at the monument on November 8th, Indigenous Veterans Day, to honour the courage, bravery, and contributions of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit soldiers in Canada's Armed Forces. Despite being denied the full rights of citizenship under Canada's colonial Indian Act, Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit men and women have served at home and overseas during both peacetime and war. More than 4,000 Indigenous men enlisted in the Canadian military during WWI, along with unrecorded numbers of Metis and Inuit, many of whom served in the primarily Indigenous 107th'Timber Wolf' Battalion and the 104th 'Brock's Ranger's' Battalion. The monument includes a Golden Eagle, or Thunderbird, who serves as a messenger between the Creator and man, and symbolizes the spirit of all Aboriginal Peoples. The sculptor, Lloyd Pinay, said that the major theme for this memorial "was that the reason for war is in all likelihood a desire for peace."
Understanding Military Nurses: Saskatchewan War Memorial, Regina, Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan War Memorial, Regina, SK is located on the grassy grounds of the Legislative Buildings in Regina, Saskatchewan, and Remembrance Day in Canada ceremonies are held here each November. This impressive monument is dedicated to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, the following conflicts, and the peacekeeping missions that have been undertaken since. Interestingly, the memorial has two parts, the entirety listing the names of over 10,000 people from Saskatchewan who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may all enjoy the freedoms we do today. Impressively, there is a section dedicated to the Military Nurses of Canada. Since 1885 nurses have been providing skilled and compassionate care to sick and wounded soldiers. In 1904, professional nurses entered the Canadian Army Medical Corps as Nursing Sisters, becoming the first women in the British Empire to receive military rank.
Memorial Drive - Landscape of Memory, Calgary, Alberta
The Memorial Drive Landscape of Memory in Calgary, Alberta is a war memorial like no other, and Remembrance Day in Canada ceremonies are held here every November. It includes a 9 km long green space along the banks of the Bow River, which is planted with poplars that are descended from trees planted in 1922. Within these trees, which provide living memorials to Calgary soldiers who lost their lives in WWI, stands the large, white marble Calgary Soldier's Memorial. Names of soldiers from The King's Own Calgary Regiment, The Calgary Highlanders, the current 10th Battalion CEF, and many other units are etched into the marble. Moreover, adjacent to the Soldier's Memorial is Poppy Plaza is an 86,100 sq ft War Memorial that includes a folded wood deck encircling a heritage tree. Its large, weathered steel walls trace the contours of the riverbank and border a popular urban hiking and cycling trail. The towering metal walls mark the passage of time, and are engraved with quotations from world leaders and soldiers relating to honour, hope, sacrifice, and wartime experiences. This monument invokes a powerful sense of respect, awe, and introspection in the thousands of people who pass it every day.
All Sappers Memorial Park, Chilliwack, British Columbia
In Conclusion: A Time to Reflect and Remember Canada
Remembrance Day in Canada ceremonies, and the hundreds of war memorials located across this country, remind us to reflect on the ideals that the brave men and women of Canada's Armed Forces fought and died for, and continue to defend today. What kind of future did the soldiers who gave their lives imagine for those they left behind? What are the freedoms we enjoy as a result of their service and sacrifice? What responsibilities do we have as a result? Standing below many of these monuments, we are reminded that freedom does not come without a price, that democracy is worth protecting, and that peace is the ultimate goal. Remembrance Day in Canada is a time to remember and reflect.
Remembrance Day in Canada
Memorials Honouring Canada's Heroes Coast to Coast
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Thank you for this article. Our Dad served and is now passed. He did not ever talk about the war, but it had an effect on him. Miss him very much. Colin and I always go to the ceremony to honour him and those who serve and have fallen. Thank you for this. This is what I love about real time tourism. Everything is timely and has meaning.
EH Canada Marketing Group Many people we met and spoke with across Canada had family members who served, or knew of someone who was or is in the armed forces. It is an experience Canadians share across the country, and one I share as well. It really struck us that almost every small community has a plaque or war memorial at its center honouring those who served, and they are always immaculately cared for, year around. I'm glad there is a day dedicated to the memory of those who served and sacrificed and their families.
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Great article at the perfect timing Sonya! Beautiful photos and words in time for Remembrance Day. Grateful for the brave men and women who serve and have served for our beautiful country!
This is an excellent blog, not only helping us remember all those who lost their lives to defend our freedom, but also reminding us of all the city and small town Remembrance Day ceremonies. So many Canadian towns have some type of memorial in the town center.
Cora Lee Rennie Yes, we all have so much to be grateful for in Canada and I think it is really important that we take the time to reflect and remember, especially during hard times, when its easy to focus too much on the challenges.