Monday November 11, Remembrance Day, is a day for us all to pause at the 11th hour to remember and honour those soldiers, civilians and service animals who have given their lives in times of war.
Children may not fully understand the significance of the day, but we feel that it is an important observation to honour and pass the tradition of remembrance to our children. If you can use this day as a way to teach your children about the bravery and courage our veterans have shown us as they fought to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today, to help understand that war and conflict has a terrible price, and that we have every reason to work towards world harmony; we think it will go a long way to help preserve the memories, values and sacrifice those fallen and still in service have given us, for generations to come.
Lest we forget.
We suggest attending a cenotaph or Remembrance service such as that offered by our own Royal Canadian Legion in Waterdown, if possible, or observing 2 minutes of silence on Monday November 11th at 11am along with those you love.
Explaining the significance of the poppies people will be wearing is a helpful visual that most Canadian children are familiar with, and reading the poem “In Flanders fields the poppies blow” by Lt-Col John McCrae (A First World War Physician from Guelph, Ontario) does help convey the austerity and importance of the tradition. https://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/remember/flandersfields_e.html
Some additional resources we might suggest to explore and to share as you feel appropriate:
Linus from Charlie Brown Reciting In Flander’s Fields