A place of reflection
During the month of November many Canadians, veterans, war widows, and family members take part in annual pilgrimages to the fields of battle abroad. Of course, this custom does not often include the general public, but it is still possible to perpetuate this tradition in a tangible way by visiting one of the war memorials in your area.
There are more than 6,600 memorials across Canada commemorating veterans and those who lost their lives. On November 11, Remembrance Day, why not take your family to a park or cemetery to visit a war memorial? Make the most of this moment to teach the younger generation about the importance of honouring those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today.
This is also a marvellous opportunity to teach your children more about the work carried out by historical societies in communities across the country. Indeed, it is these societies who often help to pass on this heritage to those Canadians willing to listen. Your local historical society will be able to share lit- erature and maybe even personal stories about the people from your town who went away to fight.
The Canadian government has developed programs to ensure that the cenotaphs and other monuments erected to the memory of those who lost their lives are maintained in an appropriate manner and that military events comprise all the suitable pomp ceremony. These programs also aim to help communities organize moments of silence in honour of fallen soldiers, a central feature of any Remembrance Day ceremony.