Today is Remembrance Day. We celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11th, marking the end of World War 1. Today is a day for all Canadians to honour the soldiers who sacrificed their life by fighting for freedoms here in Canada and for the freedom of others around the world. At 11am everyone should pause for a moment of silence and reflection. Remembrance Day Ceremonies are taking place across Canada, including at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Most cenotaphs and monuments across the country will also mark Remembrance Day. In Toronto there will be a Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall featuring a speech by Mayor Rob Ford. The TTC will stop running at 11am for 2 minutes of silence. Most government offices are closed today. Beer stores and the LCBO are closed until noon.
You can show you remember by wearing a poppy and by using the hashtag #IRemember on social media.
Toronto Police are calling for 11 minutes of Social Media silence at 11am. For 11 minutes they are asking that no tweets be sent, no Facebook messages be posted, and no Instagram pictures be uploaded.
Lest We Forget.
In Flanders Field. A poem that will be read at Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada today.
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
Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium