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10 Quick Facts on... Remembrance Day • Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. • From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. In 1931, Alan Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox–Alberni, introduced a bill to observe Armistice Day only on November 11. Passed by the House of Commons, the bill also changed the name to “Remembrance Day”. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931. • Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice. • The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to Veterans. • Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada. It is also a statutory holiday in three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and in six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador). • The national ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Governor General of Canada presides over the ceremony. It is also attended by the Prime Minister, other government officials, representatives of Veterans’ organizations, diplomatic representatives, other dignitaries, Veterans as well as the general public. • In advance of the ceremony, long columns of Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP officers, and cadets march to the memorial lead by a pipe band and a colour guard. At the end of the ceremony, they march away to officially close the ceremony. • Some of the 54 Commonwealth member states, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, observe the tradition of Remembrance Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Other nations observe a solemn day but at different dates. For example, ANZAC Day is observed in New Zealand on April 25. In South Africa, Poppy Day is marked on the Sunday that falls closest to November 11. • Many nations that are not members of the Commonwealth also observe Remembrance Day on November 11, including France, Belgium and Poland. • The United States used to commemorate Armistice Day on November 11. However, in 1954 they changed the name to Veterans Day. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/information-for/educators/quick-facts/remembrance-day

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By Jonathan Hedley (YRHS) Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. Nowadays, people remember those who were lost in the war by holding a two minute silence and by wearing a red poppy. Remembrance Day is one of the biggest days of the year to so many different people. From veterans to young kids, every person should be so thankful for the freedom we have been given. There have been people that gave their lives to give us a better one and sometimes I don’t understand why nobody cherishes the day. There are so many different

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kinds of ways to be grateful for what we have. I personally try to take the day and think to myself of what I could do to make myself feel like I have done enough to make the veterans and people proud. I know myself that it is very difficult to make myself feel like I have done enough for the veterans, but I don’t think there is anything that anybody could do to make up for what they did for us. Many of those who have lost family members to war also use this day as a time to visit the graves of their loved ones. Remembrance Day can provide an excellent way to help children with an understanding of the complications

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of war and give them a reason to work towards a more peaceful world. 11th of November is universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the First World War. This war had mobilized over 70 million people and left between nine and 13 million dead and as many as one third of these with no grave. It took me a while to realize what Remembrance Day really was because as a kid I never really realized that it was such a meaningful day. Who is remembrance important to? While we say that Remembrance Day is recognized nationally, only six of the ten provinces plus all three territories have

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November 11th as a holiday. Nova Scotia and Manitoba recognize the day as a holiday but it is not statutory while Ontario and Quebec do not observe Remembrance Day as a holiday at all. But I hope that people don’t just see this day as a day off work or a day off school. I’m glad I get to take part in Remembrance Day every year especially in choir. Being able to sing for the people that gave me a chance to be free and by myself in this country is the smallest thing I could do for them. “I don’t know about you but I have. During my two minutes of silence, the thought of the soldiers sacrifice pops up in my head. How they all fought for their lives

left their families to help save this country”. I found this quote on when I searched quotes on Remembrance Day. The question was what do you think of on Remembrance Day during the two minutes of silence? I never really thought about this before when I saw this, but I guess I realized that the world could really be something else if they didn’t do what they did for us. I don’t think there is any time in my life where I will be able to make up for what they did for me. But the least I could do is make sure that I take part in Remembrance Day for what they did for me to give me this freedom.

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Liberation tulips Students from the Yorkton Regional High School were planting tulips for the Royal Canadian Legion Alexander Ross Branch #77 on Oct. 8. In spring, those tulips will grow as part of a celebration, to commemorate the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II. Across the country, 1.1 million tulips are being planted to honour the 75th anniversary of the liberation on May 5, 2020.

The number was chosen to recognize 1.1 million Canadians who served in WWII. The tradition of planting tulips began in 1945, when the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 in recognition of Canada providing shelter, and they have continued to send tulips every year since. Students planted tulips both at the city cemetery and the cenotaph on Darlington St.

Time of reflecton on what our soldiers endured Remembrance Day, by Danessa Pritchard, St. Michael’s School, Grade 6F.

Soldiers, by Adarius, M.C. Knoll School, Grade 3.

Millions of Canadians will wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom. On as many occasions as possible, say “Thank you” to a veteran, honour those who have served and respectfully acknowledge those who continue to sacrifice for our freedoms and serve in military and protective services. Remembrance and gratitude is a year-long commitment; think about veterans on more occasions than November 11. Often I reflect upon the life and the physical as well as the emotional conditions of a soldier and the ones who serve to ensure that our free-

the quality of life we all experience. During Remembrance Day ceremonies, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather in honour of all who have fallen.

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As we observe a moment of silence to mark the sacrifice of the many who have fallen in service, recognize the courage of those who still serve. In Romans 13:7 (KJV), it reads, “Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” God bless Canada, God bless Saskatchewan.

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countries, many of those are Canadian. Men and women woke up each day, not knowing if it would be their last; with the courage and confidence that they were doing the right thing. That it was important to support their country, and fight for rights, and equality and peace throughout. Because of the countless lives that were given up, our society is able to live each day knowing they have constant protection, rights and freedoms and above all the security of being able to live every day with the assurance that you have the power to do whatever, and be whoever you possibly want. Without the lives given up for our country, without the sacrifices made, where would our world be right now? The meaning of their sacrifice rests with us, and it is our responsibility to keep the memory alive. To teach the future generations about the people who fought for their families, their friends, their morals and beliefs. For the different religions, education, human rights, and so forth. These wars have been able to make impacts on

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Have you ever thought to yourself, why is Remembrance Day still important? After all World War One ended over a century ago. What significance could it possibly still have? Well let this enlighten you. Armistice Day is at 11:00 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month dated all the way back to 1918. Commonly individuals today celebrate soldiers fighting for our country by being silent for approximately a minute and wearing a red poppy on the left side of their chest, or over their heart. Generally there are ceremonies that occur at war memorials, cenotaphs, and churches throughout our country. The anniversary is used to represent the incredible amount of lives dedicated to maintaining peace throughout our world. Not only is this used to remember the First World War, but also the second, as well as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Millions if not billions of people have sacrificed their lives for their

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such a variety of people for so many years, of all different races and social classes. Mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, regardless of who an individual is, there is a way these wars affect everyone in some way. Even up to this day. One hundred years later, those people who were married and had kids, who had friends and loved ones so far away still matter. The people who spent year after year wondering when it would be over, when they could go back home but still got up and gave it everything they had. The incredible and indescribable amount of motivation and courage it took for these people to fight leaves me speechless. But still I am going to keep explaining how important it is to keep valuing them and take that couple minutes out of your day, to appreciate the people who gave up their lives for yours. Not only were lives lost, but people did come back in a panicked mental state that would be near impossible to heal from. The scars left behind, both emotional and physical will remain. Service organizations that offer

War Is Destruction, by Josiah Dyste, St. Michael’s School, Grade 6F.

to help anyone in need after such a trauma still exist. Personally my great grandparents all gave their lives to fight for their family, and friends and for each other; as they met during the Second World War. If it was not for them, I would not be here today. As I can imagine is the case for many individuals. We often take for granted the many rights and freedoms we have now, as well as the Canadians who were killed in action, or injured putting their own individual future’s on the line just so ours would have guaranteed peace and security. “Without freedom there can be no ensuring peace and without peace no enduring freedom.” It is important that we recognize our freedom that these men and women fought day after day to preserve. The countless acts of heroism are beyond admirable, and deserve so much recognition. We need to remember their willingly-endured hardships to ensure peace for everybody. When war has come, Canadians have always

jumped at the opportunity to represent their own country, knowing what results may occur. They voluntarily decided that it was morally right thing to do. The most selfless act. Men and women came from everywhere, farms, small towns, cities, etc. for many reasons. Whether it was an escape from unemployment, seeking adventure or family traditions people built up all their courage to give up themselves for their country. Again, this needs to be remembered. It is still as important now as it was one hundred years ago, or fifty years ago, or even a decade ago. The individuals who came forward, and volunteered did not stop to think about the cost. It was known there would be death, destruction and conflict. Although uncertain on how much, men and women did not hesitate to represent their country, their friends, their families, and themselves. To prove various points on the equality and peace we all should be entitled to. During the Second World War, there were still flocks of people, of all ages. Veterans from the previ-

ous world war, teenage boys, so many unemployed, etc. It proves how so many people can come together during a time of absolute crisis and put their worries aside to represent Canada. If it were you, what would you decide? On November 11th, we are given the opportunity to take an hour or so out of our days, attend a memorial and remember. To put our plans aside, and own priorities to recognize the importance of the people who went to war for us. The ones who came back, and the ones who did not. So on this day, put on the red poppy just over your heart, pay tribute for a couple minutes, value what happened a century ago and continue living your life being grateful for the rights and freedoms you have now. Because without the sacrifice our country could be a whole lot different. Never take it for granted. It is one day a year we pay special homage to those who were injured and died in service to our country. Their courage and devotion needs to be passed down and remembered forever.

The Cross, by Rowan, M.C. Knoll School, Grade 3.

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St. Paul’s School students were among those in Yorkton spending time recently putting poppies together to help the local Legion. Once the poppies were ready some of the participating students helped deliver the poppies to the offices of Yorkton Legion Alexander Ross Branch. It was also a chance to meet

with Legion members. In the second photo, from left; Comrade Bill Stubbings, Comrade Ed St. Pierre, Principal Quinn Haider, Comrade Peter Wyatt, and Comrade Joyce Muir were among those meeting the students.

Watching sons leave part of remembrance Canada’s National Silver Cross Mother for 2019, Reine Samson Dawe from Kingston, Ontario, will lay a wreath at the Remembrance Day observance in Ottawa. She will do so on behalf of all our nation’s mothers who have lost a child to war. Across Canada, many community Legions have chosen a Silver Cross mother to do the same at local services. “I have to represent all those mothers, particularly the ones of all

the soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan,” Samson Dawe said. “I’m certainly not alone, and my duty is to represent them. And I want to do so with dignity and thinking about them all, you know, sharing their grief.” This will be the eighty-third year that a mother has been chosen to embody, on behalf of Canada, not only her own sorrow but that experienced by every mother who has lost a child in military service. I have not lost a child

to war. I am so thankful for these brave, vulnerable, visible women who willingly stand to share their grief. Having a child raises the sense of mortality to new levels in every mother. We take on the joys and challenges of investing our hearts and souls into that precious new life we have been entrusted with. The loss of any child is difficult to bear, but losing a child to war? I have no words to describe that sorrow. As I have

had the honour of serving our Veterans through the House of Commons I have been embraced with grace, patience and honesty by so many who have shared their grief experiences. We must not forget that our freedoms have been paid for by our Canadian Armed Forces, our Veterans, their families and the Fallen. They expect that we will value those freedoms and those who fought for them. That we will guard them from creeping bar-

rages of complacency, indifference and ignorance. This Remembrance Day, as I lay a wreath on behalf of the Canadian government in Canora, Saskatchewan, I am looking forward to also presenting a certificate of appreciation to Veteran Lee Harper who will be 100 years and one day old on November 11th. He too had a mother who watched him leave. This is what military mothers do.

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By Finnley Lonoway, YRHS, Grade 10 Remembrance Day is to me is kind of like a holiday you shouldn’t feel excited for. It isn’t meant to or designed to have a mascot or special candies and stuff like that. Remembrance Day is a day where we all look back on the tragedy of war on the day of the triumph of that war. Remembrance Day is an event held on November 11th every year. It marks the day when the Allies (Which included Britain, France, Russia, Canada and the U.S) won World War 1 against the Central Powers (Which included Germany, Austria-

Hungary, Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria). Unfortunately with all major conflicts like this one, the Allies lost many soldiers in the action, totalling around 6 million. Of that 6 million, 61,000 were Canadian, and 172,000 left wounded. These men and women helped to shape the future that we live in today in exchange for their services, we have to honor their legacy in any way we can. That is why we celebrate Remembrance Day, to give back to those that gave so much to us. We celebrate on this day with some sort of parade or gathering, wear a poppy pin on your shirt, and give a moment for a

minute or so at exactly 11 a.m. One of the fascinating things about this day is that World War 1 ended at 11 a.m on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, explaining why it’s held on November 11th, but also is a pretty interesting coincidence to think about. One of the greatest things about Remembrance Day is how it is represented in our school programs. For example, our very own Good Spirit School Division had a gathering at Columbia School (My old school) for Remembrance Day. We were supposed to dress up in formal clothing when we attended school, and we met up for a student assembly in

the gymnasium. I think in grade 8 my classmates and I got to sit in chairs that year, but most years we just sat on the floor like we always did at the assemblies. How this works is there’s a line going straight through the crowd that goes down to a table almost resembling a shrine at the front. One guy and one girl from each grade took turns carrying a box full of donated money from students in their class. The money from those donations goes towards the armed forces and different parts of the community to make things better. When all of us are seated, a bagpipe is played from outside the gym and members of the

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Legion Colour Party walk in, four of them holding flags, and one playing the bagpipes. The Principal introduces them and then give some sort of speech. Then we all stood up and sang Oh Canada, and gave our moment of silence. Then the Legion Colour Party left the gymnasium, we were allowed to go back to class. I appreciated that we got to do this because this was my first experience with the concept of death, yet they introduced it in a way where I didn’t feel any paranoia about dying. I just felt content with it, a little sad maybe but overall I was pretty still. It also helped to improve my overall manners for future events like this

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and inspired me to want to learn more about World War 1. Remembrance Day is more than a day to remember the dead, it’s a day to educate youths about subjects in a simple and understandable way in what would otherwise be a touchy subject. It’s important that kids get to experience this kind of thing to tell them that “Yeah, things weren’t always peaceful around here, and we lost some important people to us, but they did it to make things better for us”. I don’t know anyone in my family that served in that war, but I still find comfort in thanking the ones who saved our future, god bless them.

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I had the privilege of growing up in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program which was started by war amputee veterans. Through Operation Legacy, which is made up of members of CHAMP, we pay tribute to the veterans who founded the Association and all those who have served our

country. I have participated in Operation Legacy as far back as I can remember by laying wreaths and attending remembrance ceremonies. I have only scratched the surface of understanding how much these soldiers sacrificed, but I am eager to spread the remembrance message to other young people so that we and

the generations after us know who to thank. Canada as we know it today exists because of the men and women who served, sacrificing life and limb so that future generations could live freely and safely. As young people, we are that future generation. It is up to us to say thank you and remember them because their sacrifices weren’t

for nothing, they were for everything. On Remembrance Day this year, I challenge young people to attend your local ceremony, wear a poppy over your heart, or at the very least, take a moment at 11 a.m. to pause and say thank you. Rachel Quilty The War Amps

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Sean Borle, 24, recalls meeting Second World War veteran Lloyd Brown, 96, for the first time six years ago at a Remembrance Day ceremony. “We had this magical moment where I reached out my right hand and he put out his left, to shake hands,” he says. Borle was born missing his left hand, and Brown lost his right arm on October 18, 1944 while serving with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment in Italy. “I was staked at a farmhouse which had a children’s treehouse located behind it,” says Brown. “In the treehouse was a sniper who kept shooting at our boys. A tank then came which shot out shells, the shrapnel hitting my right arm.” When Brown arrived at the hospital, the doctors had to amputate

his arm. “Fortunately, I was in such shock that I didn’t feel a thing,” he recalls. The ability to find the positive in a dark situation is one reason why Borle admires Brown. On Remembrance Day, the pair share a special tradition of laying a wreath on behalf of The War Amps, an organization entering its second century of service this year. The War Amps was started by war amputee veterans returning from the First World War to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees. They then welcomed amputee veterans following the Second World War, sharing all that they had learned. Borle grew up in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP)

Program, which provides financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs, emotional support and regional seminars to young amputees across Canada. It was started by War Amps Members, like Brown, who realized their experiences of living with amputation could help others. Through what they call “Operation Legacy,” Borle and his fellow members of CHAMP have now “taken up the torch” of remembrance to pay tribute to the veteran members of The War Amps, whose efforts have made a difference in the lives of thousands of amputees. “I can’t overstate the impact that these programs have on young amputees and their futures,” says Borle. “Knowing that there are people like Lloyd

who understand what it’s like to be missing a limb, makes you feel like you’re not alone.” When Brown attends the Remembrance Day ceremonies, he reflects on all those in his regiment who never came home. “It’s heartbreaking to think of all those who lost their lives and it’s important to remember them,” he says. For Borle, it’s special to share Remembrance Day with Brown. “I would not be the person I am today had it not been for that decision more than 100 years ago to begin The War Amps,” says Borle. “It is our commitment as Champs that the legacy and sacrifices of Lloyd, and all the war amputee veterans, will be remembered and carried forward.”

Telling the stories remains important As November 11th approaches poppies begin to make their appearance across the city. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion visit local schools and discuss the contribution that our Canadian Forces have made around the globe. This year students at local schools helped assemble thousands of poppies to assist the Legion in getting ready for the annual Remembrance Day. Then local cadet corps go to work gathering donations and pinning poppies on the public. The poppy fund is an important part of fund raising for the Royal Canadian Legion and supports many of their member

Mayor Bob Maloney services. In recent years, attendance at events in Yorkton has grown, despite the fact that we have lost many veterans

that served in conflicts ranging from world wars to peacekeeping efforts. The support shown to those who have served is always heartwarming. From stirring essays to colouring contests children continue to honour those who have given so much to protect our nation. It points to the fact that school visits and telling the story of conflicts and resolution is important. On behalf of residents of Yorkton and our city council a profound thank you to those who have served and those who continue to serve in the defense of liberty and justice. “Lest we forget”. Bob Maloney Mayor Yorkton

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) invites Canadians on a digital adventure to explore the Commission’s work in preserving war graves from around the world. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is proud to launch “To The Four Corners”, a digital and interactive campaign for Canadians to virtually tour the Commission’s war graves and memorials around the world. More than a century since its work began, CWGC continues to care for the memory of the Commonwealth men and women who died in the World Wars, to ensure they are never forgotten, including more than

11,000 Canadians. This innovative, online adventure features stories, videos and pictures of some of the Commission’s most remote sites for Canadians to explore and remember. Together they highlight the unique global task of preserving the stories of the Commonwealth men and women who gave their lives for their countries. Across every continent except Antarctica, from jungle to desert; from isolated islands to hundreds of miles inside the Arctic Circle; the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission stretches to the four corners of the world, far beyond the former battlefields of Europe. With the

help of these virtual tours, the Commission invites Canadians to experience the hard to reach places it still goes to remember the war dead. Alongside intriguing and heart-breaking stories from around the world, To The Four Corners features stories about Canada’s heroes commemorated across rural Canada. Heroes like Private Donald Pollock, who after returning home from the First World War with his twin brother, later died of the Spanish flu. Private Pollock is buried next to his twin brother on the family’s isolated old farmstead, near the hamlet of Neidpath in Saskatchewan, accessible only by quadbike. The Pollocks’

story highlights the challenges of the Commission’s work and the importance of ensuring these sacrifices are remembered in perpetuity. “Our work to commemorate Canadians both here and abroad, demonstrates the huge commitment the CWGC has to the Commonwealth Forces. Fallen Canadian servicemen and women are scattered across the globe, from The Netherlands, to Japan, from Turkey to Hong Kong, from Russia to Italy. In each case our global teams work to maintain their cemeteries and memorials for future generations to visit.” said David Loveridge, Area Director for Canada and the Americas Area.

To The Four Corners follows the success of the Commission’s launch of the Voices of Liberation campaign. The Voices of Liberation initiative is an online sound archive where Canadian veterans, family and friends can record and contribute their Second World War stories to be captured for generations to come. The public can explore the archive online and discover a wealth of recordings, from firsthand accounts from veterans about losing comrades to testimony from family pilgrimages to the battlefields. To learn more about To The Four Corners please see our website: https://fourcorners. cwgc.org.

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