What is Canada Rememberance Day for?
Canada Rememberance Day 2022. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. More than 2,300,000 Canadians have served throughout the nation’s history and more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Canada Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. In 1931, Alan Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox–Alberni, introduced a bill to observe Armistice Day only on November 11. Passed by the House of Commons, the bill also changed the name to “Remembrance Day”. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931.
Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada. It is also a statutory holiday in three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and in six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador).
The United States used to commemorate Armistice Day on November 11. However, in 1954 they changed the name to Veterans Day.
Other nations that are not members of the Commonwealth also observe Remembrance Day on November 11, including France, Belgium and Poland.
See more at 10 Quick Facts on Remembrance Day.
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Canada Remembrance Day 2022 Ceremony Overview
The 2022 Canada Rememberance Day 2022 Ceremony was planned in accordance with national and local regulations. With the easing of pandemic restrictions, the November 11 Canada Rememberance Day Ceremony in Ottawa will be back in full with a grand Veterans’ Parade and a fly-past.
Federal Commemorative Events
Watch Canada Remembrance Day 2022 on TV or online
Watch the ceremony live on The Royal Canadian Legion’s Facebook page.
Participate in the Act of Remembrance
There are many ways that you can take a moment on November 11th to honour and thank all who served, and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Watch the Ceremony Live
Watch the National Remembrance Day Ceremony live on the Legion’s Facebook page. Watch on Facebook…
Observe 2 Minutes of Silence
On November 11 at 11:00 am, join millions of Canadians in observing two minutes of silence to honour, remember and thank all who served and sacrificed. Learn more…
Local Remembrance Day Ceremonies
Legion Branches host Remembrance Day ceremonies in communities across the country and abroad. Find your local ceremony. Learn more…
Youth and Remembrance
Family and student activities to do on Remembrance Day. Check them out.…
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