Canadians begin learning about Remembrance Day at a young age, with activities starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. But, how many of us learn about the history of Canada’s military and peacetime efforts after we’re done school?
There’s so much to know, and one of the best ways to honour our veterans is to never forget.
Here are five Remembrance Day facts and resources that will help you wear your poppy with pride:
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The Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians to take part in one or more acts of remembrance leading up to and on November 11th by tagging posts with #RememberThem on social media.
Did you know that Veterans Affairs Canada provides free, bilingual resources that explore Canada’s military heritage and share what life was like for those on the front lines and on the home front during times of peace and war?
Whether you’re a caregiver, educator, history buff or a parent, these free resources offer a wealth of information that will help you to understand our country’s history and enable you to better connect with our veterans and active military personnel.
According to Veteran’s Affairs Canada, since Confederation, more than 2.3 million Canadians have served in Canada’s armed forces to defend freedom and democracy — with more than 118,000 having given their lives. As of 2014, the number of veterans in Canada included:
In 2017, the Government of Canada will commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the opening of a new Visitor Education Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Special ceremonies and activities at home and abroad are planned to help Canadians remember their extraordinary role in the Allied victories.
According to the Globe and Mail, “neither the Canadian Forces nor the federal government regularly monitor suicides of former military members, but Veterans Affairs last year publicly committed to annually tracking vet suicides for the first time. The inaugural report is expected in December, 2017.”
Canadian veterans have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Isn’t it time we help them in their hour of need? Isolation, depression, suicide and homelessness are all very real, very serious problems that our veterans face.
Do you know a veteran who is experiencing any of these challenges? Identifying seniors who need help and connecting them with the support services that can help them is critical. Veteran’s Affairs Canada offers 24/7 crisis support for veterans:
Giving your time is also one of the best ways you can help veterans. Consider taking them out for coffee once a week or helping them stay connected with the community by driving them to appointments, taking them shopping or just showing them you care by giving them a call.
Other ways you can help Canada’s veterans include:
On November 11th millions of Canadians will honour the sacrifice made by our veterans and active military personnel. Whether you’re wearing a poppy, making a donation to your local legion, participating in a parade, taking a minute of silence at 11:11, laying a wreath or making personal connections with a veteran in your community, your participation and support are important.
Lest we forget.
How are you honouring a veteran this Remembrance Day? Share your stories with us in the comments below.