Today in Canada, as we have since 1919, we are observing Remembrance Day.
It is at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that we are asked to pause and have a moment of silence in recognition of those men and women who have lost their lives in military service to their country.
We honor and pay tribute to those who have fallen in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and forward to the War in Afghanistan, and in all Canadian peacekeeping missions around the world.
Poppies are worn as a symbol of this remembrance.
We honor them this day.
There are seven Books of Remembrance housed in the Memorial Chapel on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. They are a record of Canadians who have died in service to their country in times of war and major conflict.
One page is ceremoniously turned each day at eleven o’clock in the morning, thereby ensuring that each and every page of each and every book gets turned once a year.
The Seventh Book of Remembrance honours the memory of the men and women in Canadian Forces who have died in service after 1947, and is ongoing.
— lest we forget.