Remembrance Day is November 11. Known also as Armistice Day, it was the official end of World War One in 1918. It is now “a day to honour the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country in military operations both at war and at peace.”
For City of Toronto commemorations on November 8 and 11, see: http://bit.ly/1x9eboT. The largest of these is at Old City Hall and is telecast live on CP24. The day is also commemorated at the provincial level at Queen’s Park. http://bit.ly/1isNLZC.
Among other groups marking the occasion is the Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation & Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Its “Concert of Remembrance” is at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. two blocks north of St. Clair Ave. on November 7 at 7:30pm. Admission free; donations welcome. This church will also have a ceremony on November 11 at 10:55am. http://bit.ly/1KM62rA.
The Ukrainians have their Remembrance Day on November 8.
Stores and veterans have already started selling red poppies as a sign of remembrance and as a money-raiser for veterans and their families. A few people are wearing white poppies which symbolize “the belief that there are better ways to resolve conflicts and embodies values that reject killing fellow human beings for whatever reason.”
For our 2014 Blog on Remembrance Day at Queen’s Park, see: http://bit.ly/1REEBFr .