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On the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, at the eleventh hour, most of the world will pause for a moment to remember the immense sacrifices of its veterans. But since we all know our vets are worth more than a mere moment of silence, Canadians all across the country are doing things to honour them in pretty remarkable ways.

Just look at what happened outside a veterans’ residence in Toronto

Remebrance Day

And at another memorial outside the city’s Manulife Centre

Memorial

Each flag represents 10 Canadian soldiers who were killed in battle since the Boer War in 1899. There are more than 11,000 of them.

Our vets are still receiving medals from all around the world

Nineteen Canadian D-Day veterans were awarded the French Legion of Honour yesterday, the country’s highest form of military recognition.

Did we mention poppy sales are up this year?

Poppy demand

And we think we know why…

Poppies

Speaking of poppies, Canadian hockey players are sporting sticky versions on their helmets

 

Leafs

This man has been thanking Canadian veterans for 33 years

Story

Peter Melkert arrived in Canada from Rotterdam after the end of WWII. For the past 33 years, he’s been helping with the annual poppy sale as a personal thank you to the Canadian soldiers who liberated his home country of Holland.

In Montreal, neighbourhoods are doing this:

Portait
They’re portraits of former soldiers, sitting outside the homes where they used to live.

People went to some great lengths to take in the ceremony in Ottawa

Ceremony Ceremony

Parliament Hill itself is a tribute to Canada’s fallen

Parliament Hill
In 1916, the middle of WWI, a fire broke out in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. When it was rebuilt, the building was devoted to Canada’s fallen serviceman and women. You can still find poppies that were carved into the walls, alongside John McRae’s iconic poem, In Flanders Fields, which is also inscribed directly into the building.

As for John McCrae Public School, it’s going the extra mile this year

The school is not only remembering Canada’s fallen, it’s celebrating the 100th anniversary of the same poem mentioned above.

Some Canadians are donning a second poppy this year

 


One of them would be the regular one you see everywhere. The other is a handmade variation woven together with beads, mimicking methods behind traditional Aboriginal art. The donations, meanwhile, go directly to helping Aboriginal veterans.

Even local businesses are doing what they can to chip in

Did we mention an astronaut flew over the Ottawa ceremony today?

Fly over
Bjarni Tryggvason, who served as a Payload Specialist on a mission to space in 1997, is set to fly over the Ottawa ceremony in a tribute to veterans.

Needless to say, Canada hasn’t forgotten a thing.