At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918, the hostilities of World War 1 came to an end. The first Armistice Day was observed the following year at 11 a.m. on November 11th. Although it has remained Armistice Day in the United States, Canada, and other commonwealth countries now know it as Remembrance Day. At 11 a.m. on November 11th, our Remembrance Day observance is held at numerous cenotaphs across our country.
I am standing at the cenotaph in my area of Ottawa known as Kanata. The stones around the cenotaph are engraved with the names of veterans from our local area. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance. I will always be truly grateful for all the men and women who have given their lives for our country.
Take a moment today at 11 a.m. or p.m., and show us how you show gratitude for those who have or are serving their country. I hope they all come home safely.