11 listopad jest dniem ważnym zarówno dla Polaków jak i Kanadyjczyków.
W Polsce obchodzimy rocznicę Odzyskania Niepodległości (w tym roku jest to 101 rocznica), natomiast w Kanadzie 11 listopad to Dzień Pamięci poległych w czasie wojny żołnierzy kanadyjskich. Ważnym wymogiem dla Kanadyjczyków przed tym dniem jest niewystawianie świątecznych ozdób, gdyż jest to traktowane jako niegodne i pozbawione szacunku. Świąteczne dekoracje w sklepach można więc zobaczyć dopiero po 12 listopada. Symbolem obchodów Dnia Pamięci jest mak, który noszony jest w trakcie ceremonii po lewej stronie nad sercem.
O godzinie 11:11 , w każdym miejscu w Kanadzie ludzie zatrzymują się w ciszy na 2 minuty, usłyszeć można tylko dźwięki trąbki grającej pieśń upamiętniającą.
Monday, November 11, 2019 marks the 101st anniversary of the armistice of World War I. And in Canada, it will be the 101th celebration of Remembrance Day (previously called Armistice Day). Today, Remembrance Day is to honour and remember all those who have fallen in service for Canada. On November 11th many people follow the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa from television, livestream or radio, some will attend local ceremonies, and for many it is a normal day. Unlike every other public event in the country, Remembrance Day is the only one that is treated solemnly and seriously. After Halloween is cleaned up, the country gets ready for Remembrance Day. Nothing special needs to be done. The one requirement is not putting up Christmas decorations. Christmas season starts on November 12th. Doing anything before this date is considered highly disrespectful to the sacrifice and memory of fallen Canadian soldiers.
In the weeks leading up to November 11th, people grab free poppies (donations to The Legion are encouraged) and wear them on their coats or collars. Usually on the left side, over your heart. The red is for the blood spilled and the black is for those who mourn the fallen. The poppy became the most important symbol of Remembrance Day after Canadian John McCrae wrote the iconic poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem memorializes his experience fighting in the Second Battle of Ypres in the Flanders region of Belgium. The battle was won, but the losses were great. His poem reflects both on the nightmare of the battle, but also how quickly the poppies grew in between the graves when all was over. This area is now known as the John McCrae Memorial Site.
In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a trumpet will ring and the country will fall silent. The trumpet song, the Last Post will lead Canada into silence. The Last Post is a song used in military tradition to signify the end of the day, or the end of a soldiers life. It is played at both funerals and commemorations. For two minutes we will honour, reflect and remember the sacrifices that were made for us by our fellow Canadians and our international allies, for both those who fell and those who survived. The radio stations and news broadcasts will fall silent. In public spaces, such as shopping malls and supermarkets, announcements will be made and silence will follow. Public and private institutions, such as schools and businesses may host ceremonies leading up to the silence of 11:11:11, otherwise activities will be paused. For two minutes people will stop whatever it they are doing, and join in a moment of silence. After the two minutes of silence, ceremonies are near the end. And the day goes on as usual.
In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
My name is Madison. I am from Alberta, Canada. I like to read books, go hiking and explore new cities. Even though I am Canadian, I don't watch hockey and I don't like snow. I graduated from The University of Lethbridge in 2018 after studying English Literature and Art History for six years. I have travelled to the Mexican state, Nayarit and to Tokyo, Japan. I hope to travel all over the world.