Canadian Remembrance Day Quotes

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In 1915, Canadian soldier John McCrae wrote a poem called "In Flanders Fields." McCrae had served in the Second Battle of Ypres in Flanders, Belgium. He wrote "In Flanders Fields" after a friend died in battle and was buried with a simple wooden cross as a marker. The poem describes similar graves on the fields of Flanders, fields that were once alive with red poppies but were now filled with the bodies of dead soldiers.

The poem also highlights one of the ironies of war—that soldiers must die so that a nation of people may live.

As is the case with most of the British Commonwealth countries, Remembrance Day in Canada is celebrated on November 11. To mark the occasion, Canadians observe a minute of silence and visit memorials to honor the soldiers who died for their country. The poppy symbolizes Remembrance Day, and some people wear the flower as a sign of respect. At the National War Memorial, a ceremony is held to honor the soldiers. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is also an important landmark where people show their respect.

Canada has always been known for its peaceful people, vibrant culture, and beautiful countryside. But even more than that, Canada is known for its patriotism. On Remembrance Day, salute those patriotic men and women who have served their nation by reading some of the quotes below.

John McCrae

"In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below."

Jose Narosky

"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers."

Aaron Kilbourn

"The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem."

Thomas Dunn English

"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, is their monument today, and for aye."

Joseph Drake

"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave."

Agnes Macphail

"Patriotism is not dying for one's country, it is living for one's country. And for humanity. Perhaps that is not as romantic, but it's better."

John Diefenbaker

"I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind."

Pierre Trudeau

"Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die."

Lester Pearson

"Whether we live together in confidence and cohesion; with more faith and pride in ourselves and less self-doubt and hesitation; strong in the conviction that the destiny of Canada is to unite, not divide; sharing in cooperation, not in separation or in conflict; respecting our past and welcoming our future."

Paul Kopas

"Canadian nationalism is a subtle, easily misunderstood but powerful reality, expressed in a way that is not state-directed—something like a beer commercial or the death of a significant Canadian figure."

Adrienne Clarkson

"We only need to look at what we are really doing in the world and at home and we'll know what it is to be Canadian."