• Mariah Wilson

The History of Remembrance Day

Around the country, many will be honouring the sacrifices Canadians have made during the wars of the 20th century by participating in a few moments of silence.

This action along with other symbols, stories, and traditions associated with Remembrance Day have a long and storied past that aren’t widely known or readily discussed. We’ve highlighted the history of these traditions to give you and your family more ways to connect with this day as well as learn about our country’s past.

How did Remembrance Day start?

Starting in 1919, the year after WWI ended, Remembrance Day (originally called "Armistice Day") was observed across the British Commonwealth to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended World War One on November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m. — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. You can read more about the history of this day here and here.