Nova Scotians are encouraged to attend events in their communities this Remembrance Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, to honour the men and women of Canada’s Armed Forces.
“Each year Nova Scotians have the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices of those, both past and present, who have served our country,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “By taking part in Remembrance Day events across our province, people can show their respect and thank veterans for their service.”
Every year on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Nova Scotians and people across Canada gather to observe a moment of silence.
This year has added significance as the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War. On behalf of Premier McNeil, who is leading a trade mission to Asia from Nov. 10-24, Lunenburg MLA Suzanne Lohnes-Croft is attending events in France in recognition of the centennial and of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Today, Nov. 9, she is taking part in the unveiling of a memorial bench for the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, donated by the Government of Nova Scotia.
During Mi’kmaq History Month in October the contributions of Mi’kmaw soldiers who left their communities across Nova Scotia were acknowledged. These soldiers overcame language barriers and cultural differences to serve in the First World War.
Remembrance Day ceremonies involve veterans of all wars and peace support operations, the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP and municipal police forces as well as youth and the public.
For information on Remembrance Day events, people can check with their local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion or with their local municipality.