Today we remember those that sacrificed their lives for our freedom during the First and Second World War. Of more than 650,000 Canadians who served in that war, more than 66,000 lost their lives; 170,000 were wounded. In the Second World War, 45,000 lives were lost out of the plus one million that served. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II. It is important that we remember those that died for our freedom, which we often take for granted, since many people live in countries ruled by tyranny.
Simply remembering fallen soliders isn’t the only way to remember. You can also:
- consider inviting a war veteran or Canadian Armed Forces member to speak before your class or community group
- plant a garden of remembrance
- write to the troops and tell your Canadian Armed Forces member you appreciate their service by sending a message using the Department of National Defence website
- interview a veteran and ask about their wartime contributions and experience
- read the poem In Flanders Field and learn about its author Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana