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
— Sharon Moskovitz (@s_m077) November 11, 2015
And at another memorial outside the city’s Manulife Centre
— Jim RichardsShowgram (@JIMrichards1010) November 8, 2015
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
— Senate of Canada (@SenateCA) November 10, 2015
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?
And we think we know why…
Speaking of poppies, Canadian hockey players are sporting sticky versions on their helmets
— RoyalCanadianLegion (@RoyalCdnLegion) November 9, 2015
This man has been thanking Canadian veterans for 33 years
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:
People went to some great lengths to take in the ceremony in Ottawa
Parliament Hill itself is a tribute to Canada’s fallen
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
— David Terminesi (@DaveTerminesi) November 11, 2015
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
— david eggen (@davideggenAB) November 9, 2015
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
Come join us today! proceeds from Canadian Bacon & coffee today donated to the Legion in honour of our veterans pic.twitter.com/vmNtvZGzd5
— Diner Deluxe (@diner_deluxe) November 11, 2015
Did we mention an astronaut flew over the Ottawa ceremony today?
Needless to say, Canada hasn’t forgotten a thing.