Attending Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11 is the best-known way that we can publicly honour the men and women who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace. In addition, there are many other ways that we can show throughout the year that we care about the sacrifices and achievements of these one and a half million brave Canadians who served, and continue to serve, our country at home and abroad.
More than 110,000 men and women died so that we may live in peace and freedom today. Taking an active role to remember these people, along with the Veterans who experienced the hardships of war, military conflict and peace efforts, is one way of saying "thank you".
- Wear a poppy to honour those in uniform who have served and died in service to our country.
- Attend Remembrance Day ceremonies or if you can't go watch them on television.
- Lay a wreath at the cenotaph with groups or classmates.
- Pause for one minute of silence at 11:00 a.m. on November 11 to honour those who served and died in times of war, military conflict and peace.
- Help plan and participate in a commemorative ceremony at school or with a community group.
- Thank a Veteran or Canadian Forces member for supporting peace and freedom efforts around the world.
- Organize, participate in, or attend a candlelight tribute ceremony at a cemetery to remember citizens in your community who died during military service to Canada.
- Organize a Military grave cleanup – talk to your local Legion to find out how
- During Remembrance week have a Pipers Lament at a Military cemetary
- Have veterens speak to schools or at Local gatherings
- Spread the word about Veterans' Week, Remembrance Day and other commemorative events.
- Using the Internet, research family members on Canadian memorial sites located around the world and assemble the information for future generations. Our website has resources to help with this.(www.RememberNovember11.com)
- Write a letter to a Veteran (it could be a relative, family friend or someone from your community) thanking them for their sacrifice and celebrating their achievements.
- Encourage your local public library or local businesses to create a display of wartime memorabilia. Ask them to include photographs, uniforms, badges, military medals and decorations or diaries in the displays.
- Make sure our youth knows where Canada has been at War and why.
- Last but certainly not least: never forget the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who have served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace - especially those who did not return.