Re­mem­brance Day Spe­cial Sec­tion

No­vem­ber 11, 2018

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - FRONT PAGE -

To­day we pause to re­mem­ber the brave men and women who have served and made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for their coun­try. With courage and con­vic­tion, th­ese heroes have pro­tected free­dom through the gen­er­a­tions, and we are for­ever grate­ful to them. On Re­mem­brance Day, we once again pay our re­spects to Canada’s fallen sol­diers. We pray for their fam­i­lies, and we hon­our their mem­o­ries with grat­i­tude and hu­mil­ity. We re­mem­ber all that they have sac­ri­ficed. To all who have served and con­tinue to serve our coun­try, WE THANK YOU.

One hun­dred years of re­mem­brance

This year marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the ar­mistice that brought the First World War and its four years of armed con­flict to an end. On No­vem­ber 11, 1918, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of France, Great Bri­tain and Ger­many met in a rail­way car­riage in France to sign the his­toric doc­u­ment, paving the way for the peace ne­go­ti­a­tions that would cul­mi­nate in the Treaty of Ver­sailles, a doc­u­ment drafted five months later. The an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice was ob­served the next year in Great Bri­tain and this tra­di­tion quickly spread to the other Al­lied Na­tions. The hol­i­day was orig­i­nally known as Ar­mistice Day, but mem­ber states of the Com­mon­wealth of Na­tions like Canada even­tu­ally adopted the name Re­mem­brance Day. We com­mem­o­rate on this date not only cit­i­zens who fought in the First World War but also those who fought in the Sec­ond World War and ev­ery other war and peace­keep­ing mis­sion since. Al­though the Al­lies won the con­flict, Ar­mistice Day wasn’t a day of un­abashed cel­e­bra­tion. Given the un­speak­able hor­rors and death tolls in World War I, and like­wise in World War II, No­vem­ber 11 be­came a day of solemn com­mem­o­ra­tion. Hence the two min­utes of si­lence we ob­serve on this date, a tra­di­tion that goes back to the very first Ar­mistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tion, in 1919.

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