Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day 2011

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.In Canada the spirit of remembrance is captured on a commemorative stamp issued in 2009. The stamp features a close-up photograph of Canada's National War Memorial in Ottawa. Red poppies are given prominence on the stamp. Here is the stamp issued by Canada Post , to honour the courage of our soldiers and to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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.

I also have 2 cards to show that have some meaning today. The first is Canada's National War Memorial , located in the country's capital , Ottawa . It consists of twenty-three bronze figures on a granite pedestal and arch representing all who have served.
The second card gives us a look at The Canadian Memorial in Vimy , France. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a memorial site in France dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during The Battle of Vimy Ridge. It also serves as the Place of Commemoration for First World War Canadian soldiers killed or presumed dead in France who have no known grave. During The Battle of Vimy Ridge , the Canadian Corps suffered 10,602 casualties : 3598 killed and 7,004 wounded.

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