Remembrance Day Canada 2017

Remembrance day is on November 11. This website is mainly about Remembrance Day in Canada but you can also find information about this holiday in other countries.

On remembrance day members of the armed forces (soldiers) are commemorated.

The other common name for this day is Armistice Day which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) marks the end of the first world war in the UK - this date and time was made into Remembrence Day in commonwealth countries.

In Canada, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in most provinces and territories with a noteable exception of Ontario. Each year we get many emails from people wondering why isn't this day observed in every provinces and territories. What do you think? Send your comments to us or join the debate on the statutory holidays website.

The Ode of Remembrance is cited on Remembrance Day followed by the phrase "Lest we forget."

The Ode of Remembrance

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.

Lest we forget.

In the First World War 61,000 Canadians died, in the Second World War 42,000 Canadians died. Many of these soldiers were dual citizens serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Visitor comments:

Your website states "On remembrance day members of the armed forces (soldiers) are commemorated". Is this correct? My understanding is that Remembrance Day is a day to commemorate those who have died during war in the service of their country. It seems what your website is suggesting a "Veteran's Day" or an "Armed Forces Day", recognizing those who had served or are still serving in our country's armed forces. As a retired Canadian Forces Officer I believe it is appropriate to recognize the contributions of our serving military men and women, but not on a day originally set aside to recognize our fallen soldiers.

I am from vancouver and i wanted to say that the first world war started because at that time in history all of the colonies in the world had been taken by various european countries and the only way for a european country to get more colonies was to fight another european country.Before that there wasn't a need to go to war for that reason.After the first world war european countries made millions of dollars at Germanys expense even though all the countries were equally responsible for wanting to get more colonies.These days the wars are fought for the same reasons.Russia did the right thing in 1917 and withdrew from the war.It is time for a change.It will be the working class in the world that will make the change.Humanity has survived slavery in the period of antiquity and again in the 16th and 17th centurys.We managed to get through feudalism and now there is just one more hurdle to get rid of.that is capitalism.Then things can begin to be done for the good of the people which is impossible under capitalism. (Stan Squires)

Seeing that 9 of our proviences and territories have it as a stat holiday I think Ontario where the capital of Canada is should recognize it as a holiday I feel that it\'s only fair and that Nova Scotia and Quebec should follow suit too. (Travis Austin)

As a retired Canadian and member of the RCAF, this is my contribution for Remembrance Day 2013 as Canada remembers our Canadian Forces. When you are done, please click "share" at the bottom of the video. This will post it to your wall, so your friends can see it too !:) (Gerry Malone)

As a teacher, I feel that Remembrance Day should not be a designated holiday. Having children in school gives us the opportunity to bring the younger generation together to honour this very significant day; to pay their respects, to reflect, and hopefully, to learn from the past. If children are at home, in all likelihood, they will not have a moment of silence at the 11th hour. As a result, many will never fully understand or appreciate what Remembrance Day is all about.

I am leery about making Remembrance Day into a stat holiday, as I think it would end up as "just another day off" or a shopping day. At least in schools, children have their ceremonies, and there are various ceremonies in different cities that one can attend. I fear that if it becomes a holiday, we will forget. And that's not good!

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For more information about Armistice Day / Remembrance Day visit the following websites:

Remembrance Day Holiday
Remembrance Day - Veterans Affaris Canada
War Museum