For those who gave their lives for us
On November 11, Remembrance Day commemorates the sacrifice of Canadians who served their country in times of war. This day marks the end of the First World War, when the armistice was signed by Germany and the allied forces in Paris on Monday, November 11, 1918. A ceasefire came into effect at 11:00 a.m. on the same day.
Some 60,000 Canadians died in combat in that war, a sad fact which is remembered in many ceremonies organized across the country, from the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa to cenotaphs in hundreds of towns and cities. According to tradition, all Canadians are asked to observe two minutes of silence at eleven o’clock, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. We do this because we must never forget the weight of war.
KOREAN WAR Furthermore, in order to underline the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, Veterans Affairs Canada has named the year 2013 Year of the Korean War Veteran. These celebrations also mark the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea.
As Veterans Affairs Canada notes, the Year of the Korean War Veteran pays homage to 26,000 Canadian men and women who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean war. In particular we honour the 516 Canadians who gave their lives in service to defend the values of peace and freedom on the Korean peninsula.