Remembrance Day in Windsor-Essex
November 11th marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, where we pay our respects and stand in silence to remember those who have died in the wars. This day is not only symbolic of Remembrance Day, but also the symbol of how many family members have fought for not only our country but Canada’s freedom as well.
In 2005, poppies were added to many street signs in Windsor-Essex that were named after battles Canadians fought during the war such as Ypres, Vimy, Lens, Dieppe, Alsace, Lorraine, Arras, Amiens, and Verdun. The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields.”
Remembrance Day isn’t just for adults who were alive during the war times, it is important for children to learn about why we honour these soldiers and how they contribute to our everyday lives without our minds even thinking about it. Parents can always help teach their children about World War I and World War II through remembrance day vocabulary, learning the “In Flanders Fields” poem, as well as creating crafts symbolic to the Remembrance Day.
There is also a way for teens to get involved in the remembrance of our veterans through a project called 200 Veterans 200 Students. On November 11th, The Veterans Memories Project is hosting an event that gives students the chance to interview a veteran one-on-one and/or in small groups in order to experience history from a different perspective and hear the untold stories textbooks don’t include.
The Windsor-Essex community continues to host the Remembrance Day Parade as well as a Ceremony to honour our fallen troops. City Hall Square will host Ceremonies on November 8th and 11th as well a parade starting at Dieppe Gardens on the 8th at 1:30pm.
Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign to honour those who serve, and to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. Canadians wear a Poppy as a symbol of national pride and respect, a visual pledge to never forget our soldiers who fought and those who continue to fight today.
Check out the Tourism Windsor-Essex website for more details and information on event details.