For those who gave their lives for us

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR -

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.

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