Today marks Remembrance Day here in Canada and Veterans Day in the US. It is a day in which we remember all those who have died for our country in order for us to live a free a life. More officially, the federal department of Veterans Affairs Canada states that the date is of “remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.”
The day is chosen as the agreement that ended the First World War was on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. At 11a.m. on this day every year, we pause and take two minutes of silence to reflect upon the people we have lost, the people who fought, and the people out there today. In many locations, The Last Post is performed, as well as In Flanders Field. From this poem was the Poppy, becoming one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols.
There are many things you can do in support of this day. You can attend a Remembrance Day ceremony, and if you are unable to for some reason, simply pause for two minutes at 11a.m. with the rest of the country in respect. There are other things you can do to show your support like updating your Facebook cover photo, adding a poppy to your Facebook profile picture, update your twitter background photo, or even change your profile picture to a famous soldier. The Veterans Affairs Canada have put these all together and you can find these pictures and filters here http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/get-involved/remembrance-day/social-media/acts-of-remembrance.
Veterans Affairs Canada is also starting a social media movement that tells our Veterans we #RememberThem. Use this hashtag all day to show your respect!