Canadian Citizenship: Remembrance Day

When you become a Canadian Citizen you will become part of a culture and a tradition that independently stretches back over 100 years and shares traditions with the British Empire.

The ties between Canada and Britain are still quite strand and certainly an integral part of its history, especially when you consider that they share the same monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

November 11 is a special day for commonwealth countries like Canada because it marks the anniversary of the end of fighting on the Western Front during World War I, called Armistice Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the worst war that the world had ever seen up to that point ended all of its major engagements and a cease-fire was declared. The war to end all wars had ended.

Obviously, this was not the last war to ever be fought and after World War Two the name of the memorial day was renamed from Armistice Day to Remembrance day. The purpose of this holiday is to remember the brave soldiers who fought and died in conflicts for the sake of Canada, and perhaps to hope that there will one day be an end to conflict and warfare.

A famous poem written by a Canadian man named John McCrae, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian forces during World War I, called “In Flanders Fields,” commemorates those lost in battle. The reference to the poppies blowing in the fields after battles were over has prompted Canadians today to wear red poppies in their lapels in the weeks leading up to and on Remembrance Day.

This year, because November 11th is a Sunday Remembrance Day will be observed on Monday November 12, 2012.