Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then. More than 2.3 million Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 118,000 have died. They gave their lives and their futures so that we may live in peace.
We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada.
On November 11, especially, but also throughout the year, we have the opportunity to remember the efforts of these special Canadians. In remembering, we pay homage to those who respond to their country’s needs. On November 11, we pause for two minutes of silent tribute, and we attend commemorative ceremonies in memory of our war dead.
Do you know the meaning of these words?
War, Respect, Observe, Memorial, Parade, Flag, Sacrifice, Cemetery, Tradition,
Never forget, I remember, Peace, Freedom, A hero, A poppy, A wreath, A cross, Weapon
1.Write on: How do you remember the solders?
Remembrance Day Poppies
« In Flanders fields where poppies grow », is the first line of a very famous poem, In Flanders Fields, that was written in May 1915 by John McCrae. McCrae was a Canadian soldier and medical officer when he wrote the poem during World War 1. Flanders is a region in northern Belgium. Lots of red poppies grow there in the spring. During the war poppies grew in the battlefields and cemeteries of Flanders.
In Canada the 11th of November is Remembrance Day. It marks the anniversary of the end of World War 1. On the 11th of November 1918 the Armistice was signed. The Armistice was a military agreement between Germany and the Allies to end the war. It ended the fighting. The Allies won the war.
On Remembrance Day we remember and honour the Canadian veterans who served and fought in all wars. We also remember and honour those who died fighting in war. Wearing red poppies is one way that we observe Remembrance Day. We also remember our veterans with a minute of silence at 11:00 a.m. on Remembrance Day. This is the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. There are many memorial services and ceremonies. In some ceremonies people put poppy wreaths on war memorials. The poem In Flanders Fields is often read at these ceremonies.
- agreement (noun) – a decision made between two or more people
- Allies (proper noun, the Allies) – a group of countries that fought together in World War 1 (France, Russia & Britain)
- anniversary (noun) – the day on which an important event happened in a previous year.
- battlefield (noun) – a place where a battle is fought
- Belgium (noun) – a country in Europe
- cemeteries (noun) plural of cemetery – a graveyard, a place for burying the dead
- ceremonies (noun) plural of ceremony – an event to is performed on important occasions
- defeat (noun) – when someone loses against someone else in a fight
- eleventh – 11th
- fought (verb) past form of to fight
- honour (verb) – to show great respect for someone or something
- medical (adjective) – relating to medicine, such as a medical student, or a medical treatment
- memorial (noun) – [as in war memorial] an object built to help people remember an important person or event
- memorial (adjective) – [as in memorial service or ceremony] A memorial ceremony is a ceremony in remembrance of someone or some event.
- military (adjective) – relating to the army, navy or air force
- occasion (noun) – a time when something happens. Example: We met on several occasions.
- region (noun) – a particular area in a country or in the world.
- remember (verb) – If you remember something, then you think about it again.
- remembrance (noun) – when you remember and show respect for someone
- served (verb) past tense of to serve – If you served in the army then you were part of the army for a period of time.
- signed (verb) past tense of to sign – to write your name on something to show that you agree to it.
- silence (noun) – no sound
- spring (noun) – one of the four seasons, after winter and before summer
- veteran (noun) – someone who was in the army or navy during a war
- wreath (noun) – a ring or circle of flowers or leaves
Did you understand the story? Are these sentences true?
- Remembrance Day is the 11th of November. Yes or no?
- Germany won World War 1. Yes or no?
- We wear yellow poppies for Remembrance Day. Yes or no?
- We remember our veterans with a minute of silence at 11:00 a.m. on Remembrance Day. Yes or no?
- The poem, In Flanders Fields, was written by a Canadian. Yes or non
3. Write a letter to a friend or to your family member about the living condition in the war in the position of a soldier. (Explain about the weather, the food, the violence, the fact that your so far away from home).
4. Choose a poem http://remembrancedaycanada.com/poems.php
and explain it, (you can make a video, a song, a slide show, a reading of the poem…use your imagination)