Remembrance Day

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

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    November 11th is recognized as Remembrance Day which is a very significant day in Canada. It is a day to remember the soldiers and people who have died during World War I, World War II  and other wars. The day is a special day in many different countries as well. For instance, Australia, New Zealand and England all have a day to hold memorial activities.

    Today is November 11th, 2013. People stopped doing everything for either one or two minutes of silence at eleven in the morning. I was definitely influenced by the scene. I thought of May 12th in China which is also a day to remember people for three minutes of silence. However, the day in China is different from the day in Canada in some aspects. For example, Chinese people commemorate the people who have died in the earthquake in May 12, 2008 while Canadian remember the soldiers. There is also a day called The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Day to lament the soldiers’ death in the war in China.

    I saw a lot of people were wearing red remembrance poppies. I did not know why so many people were wearing this flower at first, but my teacher told me the reasons and I knew the red remembrance poppy is an important emblem of Remembrance Day. I read the poem “In Flanders Fields” to learn more about the flower and Remembrance Day. The poem described the writer’s sadness of losing his friends during the war. The poppies bloomed in the battlefields in World War I and later the red color became a symbol for the blood in the war. In addition, I listened some songs about Remembrance Day like Universal soldier, Christmas in the Trenches and Waltzing Matilda. Although all the songs are full of sadness, I can experience the soldiers’ indomitable spirit from the songs.


    From my point of view, it is necessary for people to hold memorial activities at Remembrance Day. Keeping silent is a way to remember the heroes who died to protect their countries in the war. It is also a strategy to show our respect to the heroes. We are living in a harmonious society now, and we have to be grateful for those people who create the stable environment for us. We must cherish the peaceful social environment too.


The poem–In Flanders Fields

“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 amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep,

Though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.”


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