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War and peace, service and sacrifice

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. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.

THE POPPY

For nearly a century, the delicate poppy has symbolized the fallen soldier.
Within a single flower are four petals or more – each illustrating how
a soldier never falls alone. Behind every fallen soldier is a mother, a father,
siblings, relatives and friends left behind. One hundred years after the signing
of the Treaty of Versailles, the poppy continues to be an enduring icon,
reminding us of not only the fallen from the First World War, but of all wars.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

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