Everyone has ties to someone who fought for our country. And it’s the time of year to remember our Veterans and those who served, and their sacrifice for us. And as such, we’re here to offer some ways to participate in Remembrance Day with the family!
The Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a major role in Remembrance since 1931. Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to stand in honour of all who have fallen. Together, we observe a moment of silence to mark the sacrifice of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.
Together, we observe a moment of silence to mark the sacrifice of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.
Wait for Christmas Décor
We understand that there is a huge push for Christmas season immediately after Thanksgiving and Halloween. We’re of the opinion that it’s amazing to get into the Christmas spirit early! Believe us we’ve got the Christmas music going and our Christmas movie list started. But out of respect for our veterans, please leave space for Remembrance Day.
Wear Your Poppy
We will be wearing our red poppies to remember the service of our soldiers. These can be picked up at most storefronts, grocery stores and gas stations in your city, by donation.
There are many conflicting opinions on how to wear a poppy. Check out the Legion website for info. on how and when to respectfully wear a poppy as well as when and where to remove it.
The lapel Poppy should be worn during the Remembrance period, from the last Friday in October until November 11. The Legion encourages the wearing of Poppies at funerals of Veterans, and for any commemorative event such as a memorial service, or the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. As well, it is not inappropriate to wear a Poppy during other times to commemorate Fallen Veterans and it is an individual choice to do so.
We also like to dress up our front door for each season, but Remembrance Day décor is lacking as most stores go from Halloween straight to Christmas. We picked up two red bows at Dollarama and stapled them together to form a red poppy to hang on our door!
Pay It Forward
See those veteran plates around town? Or in the lineup at Tims? Pay attention and pay it forward by buying a veteran a coffee. What a better and more Canadian way to thank a veteran for their service. I spying veteran plates is also a fun way to get the kids involved in the car.
Thank A Veteran
See a Veteran while you’re out and about? Make the effort to thank them in person. If your kids don’t play shy, teach your kids how to shake a hand and say thank you so they’re ready! Or have your kids make up cards to send to those serving overseas! Check out this cute Remembrance Day craft to do with the kiddos!
Attend A Ceremony
Check out the Legion website for a ceremony in your community! The site also offers free MP3 downloads of common Remembrance Day ceremony music including:
-God Save the Queen
Remember at Home
Can’t make it out? Don’t worry, you can still remember at home. Check this link for how to watch online and on air as Peter Mansbridge hosts CBC’s coverage of Canada’s Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Follow the conversation online at CBCNews.ca, which will run a liveblog starting at 10 a.m. ET and livestream the ceremony at the same time.
Use the hashtag #HowIRemember to share how you remember on Remembrance Day.
Observe the Moment of Silence
If you’re up early or in the car with the kids, tune in to CBC radio! You can listen to CBC Radio One at 10:55 a.m. ET for a special episode hosted by Susan Bonner. She’ll be joined by Second World War veteran Jim Parks, who stormed Juno Beach with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles infantry regiment on D-Day.
Text “Poppy” to 20222 and make a $5 Donation
Each branch of The Royal Canadian Legion has a Poppy Fund, and volunteer poppy campaigners work tirelessly throughout the poppy campaign to fundraise and to help Canadians to remember.
There are several Canadian charities focusing on assisting Canadian veterans. True Patriot Love is on a mission is to inspire every Canadian to contribute to the resilience and well-being of our military, Veterans and their families.
At VETS Canada all funds raised go directly to support veterans who are in distress. VETS Canada is a national, volunteer driven, non-profit corporation. As service providers of Veterans Affairs Canada, we provide aid and comfort to Canadian veterans.
Wounded Warriors Canada honours and supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, first responders and their families.
Members of The Royal Canadian Legion are making a difference in their communities. Every year, Legionnaires spend millions of volunteer hours supporting homeless Veterans, volunteering with the Poppy Campaign to raise money for Veterans and their families in need, honouring the Fallen and teaching youth about the importance of Remembrance, ensuring ill and injured Veterans get the care and benefits they deserve, and so much more. Legion members are our boots-on-the-ground and the backbone of the organization. They are the reason we are able to support those who served and help our communities.
… and YOU can be a part of it!
Everything the Legion does to help Canada’s serving and retired Veterans and their families is inherently reliant on the strength of our membership and the work of our member volunteers. For our members, the reward from helping Veterans and supporting our communities is priceless. In 2018, visit your local branch and volunteer with the Legion!
There are so many ways to get involved, and Legion Branches are looking for new members and new ideas to support local Veterans and their community. Visit your Legion Branch to ask about membership and how you can get involved! Our impact is bigger together and every member can make a difference.
If you have any other ideas or traditions that your family upholds, please let us know in the comments below!
Lest We Forget.