Every year on November 11, Canadians come together to acknowledge the courage demonstrated and sacrifices made by the men and women who served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, military conflict and peace. We remember our grandparents and great-grandparents who battled in WWI and WWII, we remember our friends and parents who fought in the Gulf War and Rwandan Civil War, we remember our brothers, sisters and kids who risked their lives in Afghanistan, and we remember all those who are still serving today.
We remember so that we never forget what these brave individuals have done for us and our country. But, we also remember so that we can learn from the past and build a better future. That’s why it is so important that we continue to share letters, pictures, stories, and memories with each other, and with our younger generations. And while there is no substitute for traditional storytelling, many individuals and organizations are turning to the internet and social media to engage Canadians and keep memories alive.
For the first time ever, The Royal Canadian Legion will be streaming the National Remembrance Day Ceremony through Facebook. Everyone is invited to watch the event from 10:15 a.m. until noon. You can also watch the Queen’s Park Remembrance Day Ceremony in Toronto at 10:45 a.m.
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The City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services and the Archives of Ontario are collecting personal stories about T. Eaton Co. Limited employees who fought in the First World War. They are asking for the public’s help to identify Eaton’s soldiers, and have created a website where photos can be viewed and stories can be shared. The finished exhibit will be on display September 2017.
Veterans Affairs Canada launched a social media campaign for Veteran’s Week using the hashtag #RememberThem. Learn about some of Canada’s brave soldiers, or share your own stories and photos on Facebook and Twitter.
No matter how you choose to remember this November 11, let’s make sure that our veterans are paid the respect they deserve.