At 11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month, people across the country will pause and observe a moment of silence to honour the men and women in Canada’s military service—those who have fallen, and those who remain.
Remembrance Day can be a difficult topic to broach with your children and it may even be difficult to know how to mark the day. To help, Veterans Affairs Canada has compiled a list of 50 ways to remember. From that list, we have selected five simple ideas that you can try as a family.
• Wear a poppy to honour those in uniform who have served Canada and also those who have died in service to our country.
• Attend Remembrance Day ceremonies or if you can’t go watch them on television. (Veterans Affairs has a list of ceremonies across Canada).
• Pause for one minute of silence at 11 a.m. to honour those who served and died in times of war, military conflict and peace.
• Thank a Veteran or Canadian Forces member for supporting peace and freedom efforts around the world (this could even be a family member or a family friend).
• Participate in “Write to the Troops” projects. Send special greetings to Veterans in local nursing homes or Canadian Forces members posted overseas. Visit the National Defence website to find out how.
You may also want to craft paper poppies with your children, as poppies are a symbol of Remembrance Day. We found a great poppy craft over at Learn Create Love that uses coffee filters, paint and pipe cleaners. Our food columnist Jill Dubien has a great snack idea that makes for a good lead-in to the topic of Remembrance Day as well.
What will your family be doing for Remembrance Day?
By Diana Swift