Remembrance Day Canada

We're Not Showy, But Canadians Stand on Guard for What's Important

Joseph McLean | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Joseph McLean

Canada is not a place that celebrates military power. We are more likely to admire our healthcare system or our fine selection of baked goods, because our forces are small and we don't care much for swagger. But there is a tradition, hidden in our anthem and in our hearts. We stand on guard.

Why I Didn't Wear A Poppy This Remembrance Day

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Hana Shafi

Remembrance Day has turned into something that I don't like, and I can't wear a symbol that's representative of a government that has fought neocolonial wars that I simply don't agree with. If the government is so adamant that we respect veterans, they could, perhaps, respect veterans by giving them greater access to mental health resources for when they come back home riddled with PTSD. Our government has its citizens to go fight in pointless wars, then makes up for it by throwing big displays of poppies and hundreds of renditions of Flanders Field.

What Canadians Are Thinking About On Remembrance Day

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich and Rebecca Zamon | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living

In honour of Remembrance Day, we asked people on the street in Toronto to tell us about the family members they were thinking of, and what they believ...

Wearing a Poppy Isn't About Supporting War - It's About Giving Thanks

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Taking this time to reflect on the dedication of our armed forces is not the same as blindly supporting war. Remembrance Day is really about being present to the experiences of those who sacrificed their mental and emotional well-being in the name of our country. It's about expressing gratitude to those who gave up their dreams so that the rest of us can pursue ours. After all, while the poppy historically symbolizes the blood of fallen soldiers, it also represents a flower that was able to grow in land too infertile for much else; transforming from a mere community of poppy seeds while simultaneously converting the land into fertile and beautiful possibility.

6 Quotes To Express Remembrance Day Thoughts

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living

On this day, when we honour those who have fought for our country and our freedom, it's hard to find the words to express just what they have given ea...

A Reflection On First Nations Contributions To WW I And WW II

CBC | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada

Every year on Remembrance Day I think about my grandfathers, father, uncles, and the 6,000 First Nations soldiers who served alongside the Canadian F...

Powerful Personal Stories Of Remembrance Told By Canada's Families

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada

A teen who changed his last name so he could enlist. A final goodbye between a father and son bridging the two world wars. A pilot who crashed in the ...

21 Propaganda Posters That Rallied Canadians In Wartime

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada

In times of war, the Canadian government has rallied the public to support its fights. Wartime posters have served various purposes — they have u...

13 Unforgettable Images Of Canada During Wartime

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada

Invasion of Canada, 1775 John Trumbull's painting, "The Death of General Montgomery in the Attack on Quebec, December 31, 1775." Image via Wikime...

Every Beautiful Word To 'In Flanders Fields'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living

John McCrae's World War One poem "In Flanders Fields" is arguably the most iconic piece of writing from that conflict. The poem, first published i...

Canadian War Memorials Around the World

Lisa Jackson | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

There are cemeteries, burial plots, museums, and memorials all over the world that honour our Canadian Forces. If you're travelling overseas, here are a few international sites where you can pay your respects on November 11 or any day of the year.

How We Remember: Share Your Memories Of Family Who Served Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada

They're hidden in dusty drawers or tucked away in attics: mementos by which we remember the service of our loved ones. Maybe it's a photo of your g...

Private Member's Bill Wants To Make Remembrance Day A Stat Holiday

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP's bid to make Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday is now one step closer to reality.Bill C-597, which would amend ...

When a Solider's Personal Life Contradicts His Professional One

Bruce Moncur | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada
Bruce Moncur

When I began to research Private John Bernard Croak I realized just how remarkable a man he was. Aside from the one award-winning day, all other aspects of this man's service record indicate a very poor soldier with a very serious drinking problem and issues obeying commands. That is why I want to tell you about him.

On Remembrance Day: Honouring a Hero of Juno Beach

Bernie Farber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Bernie Farber

Thanks to dispatches, official reports sent to high command often describing battles and noting acts of bravery, we have a good record of what happened to Canada's 7th Brigade as they landed on Juno.

Canada, I Fought For You and You Let Me Down

Bruce Moncur | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

For a soldier, the battle does not end once you leave the warzone. I will be fighting the effects of my injuries from "the incident" for the rest of my life, and that is why I am writing this piece. Over the past seven years I have been fighting another battle, one for a pension that befits the injury and the effects that the terrible day in Afghanistan left me with. I have sought the help of my MP, doctors, the media, the military ombudsmen, and Veterans Affairs, but they have all left me no further ahead than when I started, and with the startling conclusion that 5% of a soldier's brain is worth a mere $22,000.

Thousands Of Flags Honour War Veterans

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Five thousand miniature Canadian flags pepper the lawn of the George Derby residential centre in Burnaby, B.C., for Remembrance Day, on Thursday morni...

Who Are You Remembering This Remembrance Day?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living

On Monday, Canadians across the country will take time to remember those who served our country here and abroad. But among the the thousands of nam...

Media Bites: What You Should Have Remembered on November 11

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Somewhere along the line, November 11 passed from being a spectacle of unanimous civic deference to yet one more boring "controversy" of modern life, bound up in all sorts of political pet causes and righteous quests for moral superiority. Take the matter of exactly what and how we should be remembering. This is something the editorial pages have no shortage of fun opinions about.

Remembrance Day In Photos

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada

As Canadians honoured the nation's veterans on Remembrance Day, other countries also paid tribute to those who have served. ...

Vet Shares War Stories To Help Heal From PTSD

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Daniel Lafontaine's accounts of life in war-torn Bosnia send chills down the spines of his listeners.His first-hand account of life as a hos...

Do More Than Just Remember On Nov. 11

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Impact

Canadians across the country will pause for two minutes at 11 am on November 11 as part of this year's Remembrance Day observance to honour the Canadi...

Canada Honours Its Fallen Soldiers

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A large hushed crowd converged around the National War Memorial in Ottawa on a chilly Sunday as the country paused for a moment to honour tho...

Freedom, Democracy, Justice

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Politics

HONG KONG - Canadians should live their lives worthy of the freedom, democracy and justice they enjoy as a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacr...

Memorial Honours Canadian Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

CBC | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Politics

A memorial honouring Canadian troops killed in Afghanistan was unveiled Saturday in a quiet section of a park located near Canadian Forces Base Trento...