Pictured Above is the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. To read a little; click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vimy_Ridge_memorial An additional interest item has been added at the end of this article. (Stan)
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November 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 05:12 and 05:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 (1919 11 07) as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.
The Initial or Very First Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace commencing with King George V hosting a “Banquet in Honour of The President of the French Republic” during the evening hours of November 10, 1919. The First Official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the Grounds of Buckingham Palace on the Morning of November 11, 1919. This would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come.
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 an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Pic on the left is of Mary Beth Heron preparing to sell Poppies in support of the Canadian Legion. Mary Beth is of course, an avid supporter of shuffleboard, as well as a supporter of Veterans!! (Click on pic to expand.)
You may wish to read a current article with regard to an American WW II vet from Woodbrook Estates, Lakeland, FL who, along with fellow vets, will be flown to Washington. The Ledger AND/OR THIS: p-11a-vimy-2014-06-09
Yours Truly has also served Canada, being awarded the Special Service Medal with NATO Bar. (SSM NATO ) (See Medal on Jacket) I am posting 2 pix; one when I was serving; and a current pic. Click to expand, ONLY if you wish!!!
Stan McCormack. 2016 11 07
Stan McCormack. 2016 11 07.