Remembrance Day - 11:11:11:11

Location Date: 
November 11, 2011

Established by King George V to mark the date of the official end of WWI, Remembrance Day is a special one for Canadians. For many, the bravery and courage of Canadian and Newfoundland servicemen in WWI represented Canada’s coming of age on the world stage.

The red poppy has become the emblem of Remembrance Day, the result of Canadian Veteran Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae who wrote the poem In Flanders Fields on May 3, 1915 after witnessing the death of his friend a day earlier. Poppies grew wildly in the fields where many soldiers were killed and buried.

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.

Lest we forget.

Jim McGovern