Today is Remembrance Day and we here at Sackville RC want to say Thank You. We can’t imagine how difficult it was to leave your Family, Friends and Home to face such an uncertain future and defend the freedoms of this country for millions of people who were able to remain at home. Thank you for the sleepless nights and foodless days. Thank you for undertaking uncertain missions. Thank you for missing all of the special occasions and things that made you comfortable at home, so that we didn’t need to miss them. Thank you for your Service and Noble Sacrifice.
Lest We Forget
Facts on Remembrance Day
•Remembrance Day commemorates Canadians who died in service to Canada from the South African War to current missions. It is held every November 11.
•The first Remembrance Day was conducted in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
•From 1923 to 1931, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. Thanksgiving was also celebrated on this day.
•In 1931, MP Allan Neill introduced a bill to hold Armistice Day on a fixed day – November 11. During the bill’s introduction, it was decided the word “Remembrance” would be used instead of “Armistice.” The bill passed and Remembrance Day was first conducted on November 11, 1931. Thanksgiving Day was moved to October 12 that year.
•The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to raise money for Veterans.
Source: Veterans Affairs Canada