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Old 11-03-2015, 05:24 PM   #1
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November 11 Remembrance Day in Canada

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"Remembrance Day (sometimes known as Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919,[1] the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.[2]

The memorial evolved out of Armistice Day, which continues to be marked on the same date. The initial Armistice Day was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic"[3] during the evening hours of 10 November 1919. The first official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war."
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We are living through the 100th anniversary of this huge conflict. You don't hear much about this war here in the US nowadays, almost every war-related historical item here is about WWII. I had a grandfather who fought in the trenches in France during WWI and I have always been interested in that. Starting last year I began trying to learn more. I listened to Dan Carlin's excellent podcast on the war (Hardcore History on iTunes: Blueprint for Armageddon). I also bought the audiobook "A World Undone" by G.J. Meyer. These are great sources that taught me a lot.


This was an extremely complicated conflict with a lot of moving parts that even today causes historians to disagree on many things. The changes that were wrought by this war still affect policy today. The cruelties and evil technologies the soldiers had to face in this war were truly unprecedented.


Thanks for bringing up this topic Lac.
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It's an honour and a privilege....

I will be attending the November 11th ceremonies...and thinking of all veterans, especially those that are not with us during the minute of silence.
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Lest we forget....

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Yeah, Americans aren't very interested in the Great War, probably because our combat contribution was marginal and the British Empire would've won without us anyway--by the end of the war the British forces were the first modern army with cooperation between armor, infantry, artillery and tactical air power. Why we Americans have now completely divorced the memory of the Great War from the 11th of November, now calling it Veteran's Day rather than, as it was once called, Armistice Day.

But for Australians and Canadians their experiences in the Great War greatly defined their thinking of themselves as nations, and is thus of much importance. And the peoples of the British Isles (including the Irish) have yet to forget the immense losses they suffered, so too the French of course.

Canadians should note that in Joliet Illinois there's a street named Vimy Ridge.
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Yes, the USA forces did not enter combat until late in the war, but 116,561 American deaths in two years is certainly significant.
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Yes, the USA forces did not enter combat until late in the war, but 116,561 American deaths in two years is certainly significant.
Significant to us, sure, but our losses were comparatively light and had little effect on our society--no revolutions, no social breakdown or national malaise. The French had about three times as many men killed in combat in the single battle of Verdun as the United States had in the entire war. Canada had more combat deaths than the United States and Australia almost as many. Little Serbia had more than three times as many.
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Just returned from our ( Canadian) November 11th ceremonies....very moving and a great turn out of younger people. Wonderful to see.
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