They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
“As the generations pass and the memories of the horrors of past wars recede, it is necessary for those who have a commitment to the elimination of war to remind those who have forgotten past events or lack direct experience. Thus, a commitment to devoting one public day each year to the Act of Remembrance is essential.”
Former Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding, former Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel.
Mark Macpherson, CD, retired.
This day of Remembrance is when we pay our respects to the brave women and men of the armed forces who served our country, in so many conflicts, WWI, WWII, Korea, Afghanistan…who gave their lives in war, in the line of duty and to honour those who served in wartime and who returned home. So, we can live in peace, our freedom these men and women fought to preserve’. So, we never forget.
Former Regimental Sergeant-Major, Former Senior Major.
Brian Tracey, MMM, CD, retired.
Remembrance Day is an important and culturally solemn occasion in the lives of Canadians and in my life personally.
The reason why we have a Remembrance Day is to honour the sacrifice & service that men and women gave to their country especially during the periods of great upheaval in the 20th Century starting with WW1 and all the other conflicts that followed thereafter. The main reason I joined the military and the CGG in particular is exactly this sense of duty/higher calling to give back and be of service to the country (Canada) and the crown that has given so much to me and my family. A sense of identity and calling to serve is something that many who join the military all have in common. A life of purpose! This is why for me Remembrance Day is important to many, because it gives us the time to reflect on those, we know who have served, continue to serve and if need be pay the price of this service. This is something which must always be honoured as a country since we enjoy the lasting freedoms & benefits of all who have served and continue to do so!
This year marks a particularly important & significant milestone for Remembrance Day, with the passing of our late Queen Elizabeth II, our Colonel-in-Chief. Her life that embodied service, duty, and sacrifice, for 70 years as Monarch of the U.K. & Canada, within a constitutional framework led, guided, and worked tirelessly for her people and the commonwealth. This too is worthy of Remembrance and contemplation.
Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” and the first two-minute of silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am. This was one year after the end of World War One. He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”