Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Remembrance Day 2009
November 11, 2009 Remembrance Day
Today , November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada . It is a national holiday, so no mail service means no postcards today. Today is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of Canada's Armed Forces in times of war. It is observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on this date in 1918. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Lest We Forget.
Every year on this date we share a moment of silence to honour the memory of the men and women of Canada's Armed Forces who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This year in Canada the spirit of remembrance is captured on a commemorative stamp . The stamp features a close-up photograph of Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa. Red poppies are given prominence on the stamp. Thanks to Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae and his well-known poem, '' In Flanders Fields" the poppy and Remembrance Day are deeply linked in the minds of Canadians.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks , still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amidst the guns below...
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae,
'' In Flanders Fields" (1915)
Here is the stamp issued by Canada Post , to honour the courage of our soldiers and
and to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.