Remembrance Day; Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day when we all take time to think about the fallen soldiers and the veterans who fought for our freedom in the first and second world wars, as well as the Korean war.

Many don’t know just what they can say on a day like this. When I don’t know what to add, I usually play a song. If someone has already said it better, let them say it.

When I think of Remembrance Day, I think of the song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ When I was in grade school all the classes would rehearse this song individually and on November 11th we would all gather in the gym and recite the lyrics off of the overhead projector as part of the memorial ceremonies. It is a quite memorable song.

It was quite a task to find a rendition of the lyrics including what guitar chords to play but I managed to track down a copy online. The chords and lyrics to Where have all the flowers gone can be found here .

There is a good list of anti-war themed songs on Wikipedia. Much better and more complete than anything I could draw up in a day.

Remembrance Day Facts

  • Remembrance Day commemorates Canadians who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.
    It is held every November 11.

  • The first Remembrance Day was conducted in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m.: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

  • From 1923 to 1931, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. Thanksgiving was also celebrated on this day.

  • In 1931, M.P. Allan Neill introduced a bill to hold Armistice Day on a fixed day – November 11. During the bill’s introduction, it was decided the word “Remembrance” would be used instead of “Armistice”. The bill passed and Remembrance Day was conducted on November 11, 1931. Thanksgiving Day was moved to October 12 that year.

  • The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to raise money for needy veterans.

Here is a list of War Monuments in Ontario , Canada. The province where I call home. Check out the North Bay monument if you want to see the one in my town.