Today is Remembrance Day, the most important holiday of the year. I will be having a moment of silence at 11 am, although unfortunately this seems to be less observed every year.
In honour of Remembrance Day, here is a suitable postcard:
This is the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. It’s one of only two of Canada’s national historic sites outside of Canada. It commemorates the over sixty thousand Canadians who died in World War 1, but symbolically it represents the greater misery and human cost of war. As Veterans Affairs Canada‘s website puts it:
In recent times, the Vimy Memorial has come to symbolize Canada’s long commitment to peace in the world, as well as its stand against aggression, and for liberty and the rule of international law.
I hope one day to go there, but in the meantime the Vimy Foundation has put together an excellent interactive experience called Vimy Real.
“Les amis du Monument et Parc commémoratif du Canada [Friends of the Monument and Memorial Park of Canada]
La connaissance et la vérité [Knowledge and truth]”
[top] “Check out the cancellation mark” (Supposedly the interpretive centre there had a special stamp, but sadly this didn’t come through on my card. I would have loved it.)
“Hello from Vimy Ridge, the place Canada was made a nation. Going to go through the trenches now, unbelievable how close togehter they are – and how close it is to England!”