A salute from around India-Forums.
in a place like Canada where multiculturalism is promoted and emphasized
in society, Remembrance Day is one of the main events that binds us all
together as Canadians. The day commemorates the sacrifices of the
soldiers, and that feeling itself instills a great sense of pride.
remember when I was younger, we would hold a moment of silence in
school during the 11th hour. Much before the day arrives, there would be
preparations such as decorating the auditorium and building with
poppies, poems, drawings, etc. In one of my classes, we actually
prepared a mini skit to perform for the other students. Later on in high
school, we used to have war veterans and current soldiers who would
come and perform the memorial services with us.
a personal thing, I start wearing the poppy days earlier. For me, it's a
way of showing respect and expressing my feelings about it.
My family...we don't really do much
I mean, we wear poppies but that's about it (family wise). But to get a
poppy, you gotta donate a bit of money to charity. There's no set
amount on how much you give but I just give whatever change I have. It's
for a good cause so why not? In elementary school we actually got boxes
from UNICEF to collect money (or maybe that was during Halloween It's been years so I can't remember but there was something involving going door-to-door)
school though, it's different. In elementary school I remember we used
to have a moment of silence, same with middle school. In high school, we
had guest speakers come who were a part of WWII and they would talk
about their experience. in middle+high school, because we had an
instrumental program, there would be a student picked out who would play
last post. Flander's Fields would also be recited and we'd end off with
a moment of silence.
In uni, I remember last year they actually
had a small ceremony. You know how it goes at the 11th month at the
11th day of the 11th hour? So the moment of silence was at around 11 but
it was an optional thing. I wanted to go but had to miss out cuz I had
At city hall I think they do something too but I've never
been so dunno. I know it's a big thing in Ottawa though. I like how we
had assemblies in school though, cuz we got to learn about Canadian
history. I think it's nice to have such ceremonies because you remember
and honor those who gave up their lives and their sacrifices led us to
where we are today.
I really don't do much for Remembrance Day.
Usually, a couple days before the 11th, people in the city begin to wear
a poppy over their heart and if you don't, it's considered
Other than that, I have the 2 minute silence at the 11th hour. But that's about it.
Home - We never do anything for it except wearing poppies.
- Up until last year given I was in university, we usually wore
poppies, had a small 1 minute session where we all stopped what we were
doing and stood in memory of fallen soldiers exactly at 11:11, and our
flag always flew at half-mast on the day. Work - Usually the same as above.
haven't lived in Canada but I did go to a Canadian school in Singapore
and we celebrated Remembrance Day always. So, I remember really well
that since grade 2, we have been celebrating it by wearing poppies
starting of the month of November. We also had a two minute silence
followed by the singing of the Flanders Fields by the graduating class.
Before November 11th, I usually wear a poppy flower pin to school or
work on the left side - because the heart is on the left side. Poppy
flowers symbolize Remembrance Day and is a way of showing respect to
those who sacrificed their lives for our peace. On the day itself when
the clock strikes 11 AM, I usually pause for moment of silence to honour
the fallen soldiers. After the moment of silence, there is a trumpet
piece played (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ReHy3o1LNM) - this is
common in schools/official government places compared to the workplace,
where a silent moment maybe observed only. Lest we forget.
I for one have usually been in school/work during remembrance day
and though its a statutory holiday in various places its business as
usual. However the thoughts and respects for those soldiers are always
given whether through spending a few moments in the day in silent
remembrance or through wearing the Poppy (pin) clipped to our hearts to
show our support or through spending it at the memorial ceremonies
available at City Hall or Civic Centers across our city...some
communities hold their own little ceremony...and its covered on our top
Usually at schools we have a moment of silence where we stand a
pray...they have assemblies for the students that are dedicated to these
heroes I usually donate money and wear a poppy during the month of Nov. Maybe this year If I'll catch the actually City Hall Ceremony.