Remembrance Day is a day Canadians across the country stop, honour and reflects on the sacrifices military personnel have made for Canada and for our freedom.
While people gather at cenotaphs across our country on November 11, for some people getting themselves to a cenotaph may be difficult. Whether you are a mom with small children or senior who struggle in the cold or if a person is feeling under the weather, here are 8 ways to show you remember this Remembrance Day.
1. Be sure to pick up a poppy pin before Remembrance Day.
Poppies are available at your local grocers and stores for a donation. Make sure you pick one up before November 11. The Legion Poppy Fund uses the funds from donations to provide financial assistance and support to Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families who are in need.
For more information, visit the Canadian Legion website
2. Watch the national or local parade on television.
CBC live streams and airs the national parade on Remembrance Day, check your local listing for community coverage in your area. For live streaming visit: www.cbc.ca
3. Visit your town’s monument or memorial centre
Many communities have designated war memorials. Veterans Affairs Canada has an online database for Canadians to search for local memorials in their communities. Click here to find one near you.
4. Visit a war museum.
With over 70 Canadian Armed Forces museums across Canada, it is a great way to show respect and honour the fallen soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for us. The Canadian War Museum, located in Ottawa Ontario, currently displays exhibits in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first World War. Plan your visit by visiting their website.
5. Send moral mail to the troops overseas, local Veterans, or other organizations that support troops.
This time of year is an excellent time to send morale mail to veterans, and troops overseas. Canadians, School classes, and organizations can send bulk mail to “Any Canadian Soldier.” Members serving overseas appreciate receiving mail from across Canada. For more information about mailing, guidelines visit their website.
6. Volunteer at a local charity that aids military personnel or veterans in your community.
The Royal Canadian Legion accepts volunteers throughout the year to help with various campaign initiatives. This time of year, the Legion looks for volunteers to help with the Poppy Campaign. You can visit your local Legion Branch to learn more information about becoming a volunteer, or you can visit their website
7. Take a moment to remember on November 11 at 11 am. If you are unable to participate in any events, when your phone, watch, radio or clock strike 11:00 am, taking a moment of silence to remember our fallen soldiers and reflecting on what they have done to allow us to be a free country is also a great way to engage in Remembrance Day.
8. Read a book to your family about Remembrance Day.
If your children are too young to understand what Remembrance Day is, share stories that are simple, informative and fun to read. “A poppy is to Remember” by Heather Patterson and Ron Lightburn is available at local bookstores and online.
Veterans Affairs Canada offers online resources for families and children to learn about by we have Remembrance Day, and how they can learn about military history in a fun, engaging way.