Remembrance Day!

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It's coming up (Novemeber 11th) and while it's not a stat holiday for some, I'd like to know what the day means to you?

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Leah - posted on 11/06/2010

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Same thing Kati, and it should be a stat imo. It is very importent to remember our veterns and to honor those that do fight every day for us. My brother is in the Army, based in Edmonton and just got back from Afganistan. He still has nightmares, even though being the tough Army guy he is, doesn't talk about it. He has told me some horrific stories (he was responsible for disarming explosives and lost a good friend in the process). So yes very important to me.

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Caitlin - posted on 11/06/2010

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My mothers uncle died in WW1 and is buried in France. My husband served as well, and went on a UN peacekeeping mission (though he's not officially considered a veteran, because it wasn't officially referred to as a war, he lost friends and there was fighting). It is very important to me, because all the freedoms we have today were fought for and won by a soldier..

My husband saw a bumper sticker he really liked once that read "If you can read this, thank a teacher. Because it's in english, thank a soldier."

Johnny - posted on 11/06/2010

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You are so right Krista. My grandmother's husband also served in Holland. He made friendships with the people there that lasted the rest of his life. Several of the children and grandchildren of the people he knew there still write my grandmother even now that he has passed. It is so important for Canadians to recognize just how great a contribution and just how much sacrifice our veterans have made.

Krista - posted on 11/06/2010

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The day has a lot of meaning to me. We are so incredibly fortunate that we living Canadians have never known war on our soil. We're removed from it and hence, I don't think that we appreciate our veterans as much as we should. I went to Holland in '04 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands, and we visited many war cemeteries. You could see graves almost as far as the eye could see, and knowing that it was only one of the many, many, many war cemeteries in Europe, and seeing the gravestones of 16, 17 and 18 year old kids...it just really hit home for me. The Dutch just revere our Canadian veterans, and since seeing how appreciated they are abroad, I've seen how we could be doing so much more to appreciate them at home.

Johnny - posted on 11/06/2010

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To me it is a day to attend a ceremony commemorating the sacrifices our veterans have made. We go as an extended family every year to the cenotaph near here. Last year though, we went to a special memorial for veterans of the war in Korea that was recently built here by the Korean community. My grandmother's husband was a Korean war veteran so we attended to commemorate his service. I heard this year that some retailers are planning Remembrance Day sales, and it really bothers me. It's not just another occasion to find a bargain!

Kate CP - posted on 11/06/2010

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Having a few vets in the family means that I do support our troops and honor them on Vet's day. When I told people I was against the war they accused me of being against the troops. I said "I have family in the armed forces. I want them HOME, not fighting a war and potentially dying. I support my family and love them dearly. That's why I don't support the war." Lots of people didn't get that. :/

Jenny - posted on 11/06/2010

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While I don't support the idea of military action, I support those brave men and women who do the dirty work the government tells them to. I feel terribly for what those people have to endure but they do it anyways and they deserve our respect.

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This day is very special for me. My (maternal) great-grandfather fought in WW2 for Canada. He came home, but my grandma said he was never the same. He was stationed in the Netherlands, helped free the north (where my dad's family was still living) from the Germans. I respect what he (and ALL veterans) did, it was very brave. When I was younger, I was in Rainbow Stars (girl scouts) and I used to walk in the Remembrance Day parade with my troop and stand in the cermonies. I loved seeing all the veterans there in front of the memorial. It makes you quite humble when you think about what they did and would you ever be able to.

Rosie - posted on 11/06/2010

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what is rememberance day for canada? here november 11th is veterans day, to celebrate those who have served in our armed forces.

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