Reader comments about Remembrance Day
Send us your thoughts, comments and ideas about Remembrance Day in Canada. What should and should't be done on this day? How best to pay respect to current and past members of the armed forces?
Remembrance Day should be the ONLY mandatory and legal stat holiday in Canada. It is sad that all the other stat days have been obscured by consumerism and gluttony with little regard to the reasoning behind them (which honestly are mainly based on Christianity and we have become much more than an old world way of thinking country). Remembrance Day where I live brings out thousands of people to multiple places of memorial so it appears to have a strong backing of like minded individuals. Schools need to commit the week leading up to this day to educate the youth that over 100 years ago young men and women sacrificed their lives to give us the lives we live today. Anyone who thinks Family Day is more important is a selfish individual in my eyes.
In Nova Scotia ,schools are,in fact, closed on Nov 11th. So the argument of not making it a stat. holiday so that the kids will be in school at a service ......is ridiculous .
This is not right I don't care what any Canadian thinks I am a Canadian soldier ppcli my brother died from a IED in Afghanistan... If you don't stand behind us feel free to stand in front of us. All Canadians who fought and lost there life's as well as those who served and still serve is the most important day in the world. These man and woman gave there life's so people citizen like you can have a family day and live in peace can have a life can live free.
We put on a good show on Rememberance Day, but isn't it time we stop talking and get the the job done by listening to the people of Canada and make Nov 11th a holiday for all of Canada not just Federal we all should hang our head in shame for not doing this already.these men and woman serves us well lets do the same for them maybe, if it's observed all across Canada more people would be off work to attend the ceremonies
In Nova Scotia you are encouraged to go to work and forget about and get a day elsewhere off. How much more encouragement to forget it do we need. I am shocked at this contradiction. As far a schools they close so makes no sense to have the law construed this way.
It should be a holiday and schools should focus on rememberance the week leading up to it. Children will better understand why we have Remembrance Day and better appreciate the 'freedom' of the day off. Soldiers fought for our freedom so we should be free on the day. When you only stand for a moment in a busy work day you will not be able to appreciate the sacrifices of the soldiers the same as a person who watch 6+ hours of war documentaries and movies on rememberance day (like I do).
Should it be a stat? I don't know. But it should not be a holiday!! It's a National day of mourning. Personally, I have always taken this day off and taken my son to my local Legion so that he can lay his Great Grandda's wreath. My son never got to meet him and it's a point of pride with my boy, a connection to his Great Grandda.... I'm the proud Grandson of a FSSF Vet...
I loved my Grandda, and know how he suffered after the War.... "Respect all that passed, but honour also, those that in daring to die..... survived...."
Most consider me some kind of tough guy.... but I cry for two minutes on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month....
I and my son remember....... respect
Remembrance Day should be a Federal statutory holiday in all of Canada.We must and future generations must always remember the men and women who fought for freedom of our country. Men and Women gave their lives so we and future generations could live in a free country and we must never forget. My father fought in World War Two. We owe these brave Men and Women one day a Year to say thankyou.
Remembrance Day should be observed by all of Canada on November 11th each year. This is the day on which the Armistice was established to stop WW1. We should never forget that. This should not become a "moveable holiday" to create convenient fun-filled long weekends. This was never meant as a day of celebration. It should be a somber day of respect & reflection. All across the country Canadians should observe a minute of silence on the 11th hour of this day.
To "morkman", I also live in Nova Scotia and Remembrance Day is not a stat holiday here. Most institutions are closed, but that is not a requirement. Also, a federal stat holiday is a stat holiday for federal government employees so you should probably check the facts and educate yourself before posting. As the daughter of a WWII veteran and the parent of a young reservist, I believe this should be a stat holiday for everyone! All people should be able to attend services and not have to book vacation time (which I did) so I could attend the Halifax Grand Parade service. Happy to see so many people (young and old) attend this service.
It should be an national holiday, this day will never be forgot, we should have the right like other provinces in Canada to go too the memorials for that day. They us the excuse that this should be for kids to learn in school, the kids should go to the memorials and see the veterans live. They can learn is in school anytime, but nothing prepares kids better than being their live. I have all those nay Sayers stating that people with use that as a holiday well it should for people to remember what this country would like it was not for our fighting soldiers from world war 1. This day should be a national holiday no if ands or buts.
I think the schools should have lessons on Remembrance Day in the week leading up to Nov. 11 and then everyone should have the day off so that instead of devoting one minute to remembering the veterans, we can actually go to a cenotaph ceremony to observe it properly. I remember going with my mother and watching my grandmother lay the wreath in memory of her oldest son who was killed during WWII.
Yes this should be a stat.holiday because we are unable to go out and participate in such
an important day .We should take the kids reflect on the sacrifices others have made so we
can live the freedom we enjoy.
This should be a Federal holiday, with only basics services offered. We need some time to think about why they die, and where we are sending our world.
Should be time to think, pray and love... Nothing to celebrate, but pay tribute.
Yes, should be holiday.
There is a recurring discussion about whether Remembrance day should be a holiday in Canada. I say yes.
There is a rise in tension in the world and there are still wars happening. We need to remind everyone, especially the young, about the consequences of war and the freedom they are experiencing due to the sacrifices of others.
We need to remember those Canadians that sacrificed their lives. We also need to recognize those that survived and lived with the horror of war all of their lives. There is a large decline in memberships at the Canadian Legion and this is due to the passing of many war survivors. This is also an indication of the growth in the lack of recognition that is happening.
The Legion is now accepting applications from anyone who is interested in their cause, not just veterans and their families.
There have been other days set aside to remember victims of Afghanistan and other wars. I think they should all be observed on Remembrance Day.
With the inception of Family day in February that mirrors the U.S. Presidents day holiday, it becomes even more apparent that Remembrance Day needs to be a holiday here in Canada.
The day should be kept in whatever way best served as a way for people to remember.I don't believe it should be treated as holiday as such but needs to be held such high accord that time is taken people are obliged to stop whatever is at hand and come together as one people to honor, remember, and contemplate the horrible, almost inconceivable atrocity that is....war
I just heard a wwii veteran on the news say he is disappointed the crowd is so small but ontarions do not get the day off. Sad he thought people just did not want to be there
Hi I believe it should be holiday right across Canada like it was when I was growing up. What gets me is this family day holiday, which is only one day a year. I remember growing up that every Sunday would be family day. Stores would be closed and you would spend time at home cooking, cleaning and getting ready to have family come over to celebrate. Not anymore. We have gotten to busy with work and other things to have time to be with our families.
I think that it is absurd that Ontario ( where I live) dose not recognize Remembrance day as a Federal holiday. The idiots in power inserted a family day instead.
Remembrance Day should be a Stat holiday for sure in ALL Of Canada. We wouldn't have "Families" for Family Day or any other day to celebrate were it not for the sacrifices of the men and women who fought for our freedom. It is the priority!
A nice first step would be to align government and non-government holidays.
As to Remembrance Day, the veterans' sacrifices for countries not even their own definitely deserve recognition. But why not add what our veterans stood for, the belief in peace and all the different ways this can be nurtured. It would be a great tribute to those who made such a difference for so many.
Should all of us have this day off? Of course we should. It’s a day that stands for so much. It has the potential for activities and events in honour of our vets and Canada's dedication to peace keeping and everything that stands for.
Every year on this day I'm deeply saddened that some provinces don't recognize Remembrance Day as a holiday. Every school that I have ever worked in in British Columbia has had comprehensive instruction the week of and assemblies on the day before Remembrance Day. Every student across our great land ought to have the opportunity to participate in ceremonies. It's flabbergasted me to think that veterans would not support the idea of students participating in their schools before this special day and be able to go to services with citizens of all ages. Support these brave men and women, respect them, remember them.
Those that do not feel the need for a Holiday w
to respect those who gave up life, for their freedom
These folks should book the next flight to
Libia. Then distroy their Canadian passport.
Try that freedom.
I believe that remembrance day should be a national holiday. I grew up in BC, and attended a remembrance day ceremony every year, as well as the ones held at school prior to the holiday. I moved to Ontario to attend university in 2013, and since then I have been unable to attend remembrance day ceremonies. My university (McMaster) holds a short remembrance day ceremony each year. However classes are still run during this time, which means that I am forced to choose between going to a class (that over the years has had a midterm, quizes, assignment deadlines, and inclass attendance marks), and going to a remembrance day ceremony.
At the very least I believe that providing everyone with an equal opportunity to attend a remembrance day ceremony is necessary. I should not have to choose between attending a midterm and attending a remembrance day ceremony. If all work places, public schools, and post secondary institutions provided the time to go the remembrance day ceremonies this would help.
One cannot enforce virtue anymore than one can enforce patriotism and gratitude. What a sick world we live in, where gratitude for the Peace and Freedoms we enjoy with a rich and diverse population who it seems have taken all for granted and the precious gifts of our freedoms for which they came to this great country to enjoy - and which now are quietly being stripped from us one by one by. Government aquieses to lobbyist minority pressure wherein the masses are refused and debauchery of sound values and principles of freedom in mainstay society are taken and substituted and deemed good for all Canadians. Fathers of Confederation are ignored and visions of democracy for which a 100,000 Canadians have died fighting for are on a slippery slope of destruction.
Remeberance Day is and should be the time we acknowledge the efforts of veterans who have served our country proud and for the freedom of others.
Most of us will never know the sacrifices the men and woman have endured for the well being of our country, so in having said all of this, please recognize a veteran today and put aside this day as their day!
I DO NOT wish for Remembrance Day in Ontario to be a STAT holiday as people will not take the time to remember the soldiers who died for Canada. It should be taught in schools prior to the 11th and 2 minutes of silence observed as well. Otherwise children will think they have another day off and won't understand why.
I work in a school in Ontario and as nice as it would be to have the day off, after attending Remembrance Day assemblies I feel that our youth would not get the same experience if they were at home. I think it is important to continue to share with youth the importance of this day. Lest we Forget.
It's not just another holiday! I think of our brave heroes, past and present, each and every day of the year.
I think of their great sacrifice, each early morning, when I leave for work. The air is quite, peaceful, and calm. There is no gunfire about or shelling in the distance. I'm a proud Canadian, from eastern Ontario. I live directly on the U.S. border, and feel at peace here. It's sad that not everyone in the world can share the same.
Thank you to all in our military, both past and present. Thanks to police, fire, paramedics, 911 dispatchers,and to all that keep us safe each and every day.
Be thankful Canada. Everyday of the year. Holiday or not.
Yes, it most definitely should be an official holiday. If we cannot honour those who we are indebted to for our freedom, it is a poor reflection on our society.If not for those who fought and died for our country, we would not have any of those other holidays "we have too many of already". Too bad so few people do not have this in perspective.
Remembrance day should be a Statutory holiday in every province in Canada. Why do government offices in Ontario close on November 11th if the date is not recognized as a Statutory Holiday for the rest of the general public in Ontario?. Every federal statutory holiday has to be for everybody with no exceptions. I really love to spend more time with my family, for sure I can celebrate more if I have the day off. I really love the Family day.
I don not agree with Jason I think a National Holiday would be appropriate. Jason makes a good point, but not everyone would stay at home and chill I for one would go to whatever ceremony was being help in my area to honor the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our FREEDOM.
Every school has a ceremony for Remembrance Day! As they should and if everyone had the day off I bet a million that our veterans wouldn't get the respect they deserve. The comment from Jason is spot on and people are too ashamed to be honest and admit that they would be sleeping in, watching video games....etc.
At work, it is just a normal day for us. There is no two minutes of silence or talking about Remembrance Day.
yes I agree it should be a statutory holiday. Great sacrifices were given to allow democracy. I'm sure many families would make an effort to watch and/or attend in person ceremonies.
I think that Remembrance day should be some type of holiday or maybe half a day off. I myself would love to be able to go and be part of the ceremonies in my hometown. I would love to be able to take my kids with me and be together on such a special day, remember together why we stand here free.. And yes your right in one of the comments below our kids should be learning about remembrance day and why its a special meaningful day for us weeks ahead.
RE: "In Canada, Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday - with a notable exception of NS, NWT, ON and QC ". I live in Nova Scotia where it is a Provincial holiday I believe.
This comment in your intro is also factually incorrect, in that I believe that a "federal statutory holiday" applies to all provinces equally across the country.
It may behoove you to state the facts correctly before you start to try to create a populist movement and groundswell.
But of course that didn't bother Trump either...lol
BTW I agree with your point and principal,but get the facts right to start with.
Absolutely ridiculous. My kids cannot respect veterans whatsoever when they are at school doing work.
Yes , it most certainly should be a stat holiday. For the comment that this page posted up top, the schools should be talking about this with the students more then just the one day, Projects , learning etc for the week of. They fought for our freedoms , why not have the day off, to be free. Most social media does the minute of silence on the minute. For the thanksgiving comment. it still usually brings family together the close family and the stranger ones aha, which is a key point to the day bringing people together . There are many productive things that could be thought of and organized to make it a very special day of the year.
It is a travesty and Ontarians should hang their heads in shame.
I think there are enough holiday's already. And the kids have like 2 1/2 months off in the summer. On top all the PTA day's.People should just have a little ceremony in school or workplace. To many holiday's already !!
When I was growing up in Ontario, we had our two minutes of silence but we also always had an assembly so the veterans could come in and talk to us. That is how we commemorated remembrance day and learned about this special day. When I moved to Nova Scotia I was stunned that it was a day off. The kids thought of it as just another holiday to have off school. I never agreed with this and have always felt they should be in school on that day and learn about our veterans and what they go through. I think in every province, it should NOT be a holiday.
It should be a federal statuory holiday because it the only day we officially remember and pay respects to past and present members of the armed forces.
we should have this as a stat.holiday in respect of the armed force members who fought and lost their lives for our country not a province
It is ridiculous that not all provinces not observe this as a federal stat.holiday. Do we not all benefit for the sacrifice these men and women made? To not give everyone the opportunity to pay homage for the sacrifices that were made so we enjoy our freedom is utterly disrespectful to their memory and sacrifices.
I'm torn on this. Observations in school is valuable, but I see how it can be treated just as time out of class as well. I grew up in Newfoundland and I was involved in Scouting and Cadet programs that held activities/observances with the Legion each year regardless of the day of the week. The general public showed a lot of support as well. In short affording a day off so that those interested can participate would be my preference, as long as the day off is the actual Nov 11 and not the adjacent Monday/Friday ... and close the malls. If some/most people do not want to observe, it's not a big deal. However as a counterpoint, many people take time off work to observe days important to them that are not stat holidays and it is not too much to ask those of us who care about this to do that same.
I do wish for it to be a Stat holiday as I run a home daycare and I can not go the Remembrance day Parade in our city as I have to work. I would love nothing more then to go and be at the parade and take the time to honor all current and past member of our armed forces. I have taken the children when I don't have a house full. I do make them sit for the 2 minute silence. If it was a holiday all around then I could attend each and every service and see my wonderful father in law lay a wreath at the cenotaph.
I believe it should be a national holiday. I live in a Province that it is a provincial holiday. I have no family that has served but I honour this day as if I did, as all Canadians should. There is an argument that it should not be a holiday because children should be in school and learning about the day. My daughter’s school still has the Remembrance assembly on Nov 10th, they talk about it and read stories. On Remembrance Day we will attend the local ceremony afterwards we will celebrate the day with a family day because it was these rights that so many men and women have fought for us to have. I argue that the provinces that do not have the day off forget. I work for a national company. I do not get Remembrance Day as a statutory holiday and I have to take a vacation day. When I told my new manager that I was taking the day off she said “What holiday is it any ways?” She is very well educated, active in her community and has young children in school, but because the day is not a holiday she forgot. Her children’s school doesn’t make a big deal about it. If it was a holiday she would have never forgotten. Lest we forgot.
I plan on using the time to spend with my young family, starting with a visit to a Remembrance Day ceremony @11a. The freedom to pursue whatever activities, is available to Canadians because of the sacrifice made - remember AND enjoy.
I'm torn on making it a stat holiday for the simple reason I'm not sure as many others have stated that the day would be used as intended and honor our fallen soldiers and service people. Personally I would take my daughters to a service as my wife and I talk at length to our daughters about the sacrifice that has been made by others for our freedom and the way of life we enjoy and most take for granted. We need to not lose site of the reason for this day and keep the message alive so others may not have to fight in wars. I pray for the safety of our people abroad keeping peace in other countries and keeping us safe at home.