Remembrance Day

On November 11, 2011, in Life in Canada, by Yves Martineau

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, other Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Jamaica, Camerun or India, and in many European countries. It is celebrated on November 11 to commemorate the armistice signed that day in 1918, ending World War I. As a symbol to remember those who fell in the battle fields, many wear a poppy flower and respect two minutes of silence at 11:00 AM. It is also a hoiday in Canada.

The use of the poppy comes from a famous poem written in 1915 by Canadian war physician John McCrae. I copy it here:

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.

Today Martineau & Mindicanu sends a respectful salute to those who had to suffer because of war.

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