Remembrance Day 2011: Lest Canada Forgets On 11-11-11-11
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, Canadians pause in a silent, two-minute moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served our country in war, conflict and peace.
Known as Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day was first held throughout the Commonwealth in 1919, CBC reports. It marks the armistice to end the First World War, which came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.
Remembrance was observed early Friday at Kandahar Airfield — the first such service there since the end of Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan. Defence Minister Peter MacKay read aloud the names of the Canadian casualties as poppies were placed on each black marble plaque on the cenotaph. Flags were lowered and wreaths were laid in honour of the 158 Canadian military personnel who died during the Afghan mission.
The Huffington Post Canada will mark the moment of remembrance at the appointed hour in each time zone of Canada with a special banner at the top of our pages: Newfoundland, Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific Time.
We've compiled some of the best online Canadian war and Remembrance Day resources below:
The Fallen: Afghanistan
Names Of Canada's War Dead (First And Second World War, Korea, Afghanistan)
The Fallen: First and Second World War (Name Search)
The Books Of Remembrance
VIRTUAL POPPY FIELD (Veterans Affairs Canada)
Leave a message for veterans and watch the field of poppies grow.
D-DAY TO VICTORY, A 3D INTERACTIVE
Users follow the Allies from the invasion of Normandy to the siege of Berlin on an interactive map interface, and explore the key events that led to victory. The site depicts the intensity of war and its physical and emotional impact through innovative 3D scenes that visualize 'exploded views' of the attacks. Within each 3D scene, users can access video interviews with the surviving heroes, their bios and artifacts. Users can also share their thoughts, as tokens of remembrance, in the "Remember Our Heroes" section of the site, with each comment evoked as an 'interactive poppy'.
The interactive site is a companion piece to a six-part documentary TV series. Its conclusion airs tonight on History Television.
To mark Remembrance Day, the National Film Board of Canada is making Claude Guilmain’s documentary The Van Doos in Afghanistan available online, free of charge, for a 24-hour period on November 11. The film was shot in March 2011 during ground operations in Afghanistan involving the Canadian Forces Royal 22e Régiment, Canada's only entirely francophone regiment. Footage from The Van Doos will form part of a feature documentary slated for release in 2014 to coincide with the Royal 22e Régiment’s 100th anniversary.
This nationwide bilingual project offers a compelling account of Canada's participation in the Second World War through thousands of firsthand veteran testimonials. It's Canada's largest online oral history archive on the subject.
An award-winning online extension to a History Television docudrama that aired last year. Similar to D-Day to Victory, users can access a 360-degree rotating view of Juno Beach, Normandy, and access real stories told by veterans and witnesses.
Using OpenFile's Poppy map, you can find out where Canadian soldiers who died in the Second World War once lived in Toronto. Pick a neighbourhood or a street to find out more about a particular soldier that died and where and when they were killed overseas.
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With a file from The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks with veterans following Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Friday November 11, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Chief of Defence Staff Walt Natynczyk salutes after laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Friday November 11, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Soldiers parade in front of the cenotaph during a Remembrance Day ceremony Friday, November 11, 2011 in Quebec City. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)
A man wraps a thermal blanket around a veteran to fight off the cold as they take part in a Remembrance Day ceremony at the war memorial at Queen's Park in Toronto on Friday, November 11, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Two Canadian soldiers comfort each other as they pay their respects to a fallen comrade at the war memorial after the last Remembrance Day ceremony at Kandahar Air Field.
Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay lays a touches one of the plaques at the war memorial during the last Remembrance Day ceremony at Kandahar Air Field Friday, November 11, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
A soldier pays his respects to fallen comrades at the war memorial after the last Remembrance Day ceremony at Kandahar Air Field Friday.
Sgt, Renay Groves, from St. John's Nfld, 21 Elecrtonic Warfare Regiment, sheds a tear during the last Remembrance Day ceremony at Kandahar Air Field Friday.
People come to a halt to observe a minute's silence as a lone bugler plays the Last Post at an inner-city intersection on Remembrance Day, in Melbourne on Nov. 11, 2011.
A lone bugler plays the Last Post at an inner-city intersection as cars and people come to a halt to observe a minute's silence on Remembrance Day, in Melbourne on November 11, 2011.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh greets veterans during a service to mark Remembrance Day in the memorial garden at Westminster Abbey in London.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, salutes during a service to mark Remembrance Day in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London.
Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, notices the mascot of the 3rd and 4th battalions of The Mercian Regiment 'L/Col Watchman V', a staffordshire bull terrier, as he meets veterans during a service to mark Remembrance Day in the memorial garden at Westminster Abbey in London.
Alrewas, United Kingdom
A veteran pays his respects as he takes part in the two minute silence at the National Memorial Arboretum on Armstice day on November 11, 2011 in Alrewas, United Kingdom. Sir James Hawley KCVO, Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, led the list of dignitaries at the Armed Forces Memorial during Armistice Day commemorations at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.