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When is Remembrance Day in 2024?

Remembrance Day in 2024 is on the Monday, 11th of Nov (11/11/2024).

Remembrance Day is on the 316th day of 2024. There are 50 days left in the year.

Remembrance Day Facts

  • Date: Nov 11, 2024
  • National
  • Also Called: Poppy Day, Armistice Day
  • Celebrations: Celebrations; memorial ceremonies, religious services, military parades
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Otherwise known as Poppy Day or Armistice, Remembrance Day is a public holiday in Canada observed on 11th November every year. Remembrance Day aims at honoring the Canadian armed forces that have died in the line of duty. Although the holiday has vital significance to Canadians, the provinces of Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Manitoba do not recognize it as a statutory holiday. In fact, employers in these provinces are not mandated by law to give an off day to their employees.

History of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day commemorates the date when the Canadian armies stopped fighting in the World War I at 11 am on November 11, 1918. The war came to an end after the signing of a peace agreement between the Allies and the Germans. World War I was a huge conflict that played out mainly in Europe where the Canadian troops went to support the Allied forces.

The war resulted in the loss of over 100000 Canadian soldiers. Many more civilians and military personnel were injured. The war left deep emotional scars on those who experienced and also those who lost their loved ones. Remembrance Day in Canada, therefore, aims at honoring those who died during the World War I and other armed conflicts later on. Remembrance Day is also celebrated by other Commonwealth countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The United States celebrates the day as Veterans Day and falls on the same day as Remembrance Day in Canada

The Symbol of Remembrance Day

The primary symbol of Remembrance Day is poppies. Poppies grew well in Flanders, Belgium where the battle took place. Their petals which are red, remind us of the blood lost in the battlefields. That explains why people wear artificial poppies and place them as wreaths at the war memorials. However, some people choose to wear white poppies to signify a campaign for non-military interventions during war conflicts.

Another symbol of Remembrance Day is the war memorials. These commemorate the members of the community who died in the military action.

How to Celebrate Remembrance Day

The official Canadian ceremony for Remembrance Day takes place at the famous National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario. Armed forces representatives usually lay wreaths and in a service that follows very strict protocal.

Members of the public are also allowed to lay poppies and letters on the graves. One grave that often receives much attention is that of a Canadian soldier who died in the World War I only for his remains to be unearthed in France in 2000. Since he was never identified, he was buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

On this day, you can wear artificial poppies on your clothing to symbolize your honor for the military officers who died in the line of duty.

You can also attend special church services where there are organized activities such as the playing of The Last Post which is usually a reading of the fourth verse of the Ode of Remembrance. Another tradition entails leaving whatever you are doing and observing a two minutes silence at 11 am to honor the dead heroes.

Why is Remembrance Day Important?

Remembrance Day marks the end of World War I after the peace agreement was signed between the Allies and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in Compiegne, France. After the signing of Armistice, several other countries adopted the day as a holiday to celebrate their fallen soldiers.

Remembrance Day also gives a chance to friends and family who lost their loved ones an opportunity to honor them.

Interesting Facts about Remembrance Day

• To date, over 1.5 million Canadian soldiers have served in the Canadian military service

• Initially, the holiday was called Armistice Day and aimed at commemorating the peace agreement at Compiegne, France

• From 1919 and 1931, the holiday was called Thanksgiving Day and was celebrated on the Monday of the week in which 11th November fell in. The holiday was renamed as Remembrance Day in 1931, and the date of celebration officially declared as November 11th.

• Other nations that are not members of Commonwealth also celebrate Remembrance Day. Such include Poland, Belgium, and France.

Remembrance Day Observances

  • Thu
  • Nov 11, 2010
  • Remembrance Day
  • Fri
  • Nov 11, 2011
  • Remembrance Day
  • Sun
  • Nov 11, 2012
  • Remembrance Day
  • Mon
  • Nov 11, 2013
  • Tue
  • Nov 11, 2014

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Canada in 2023

SundaySunJan 01, 2023Jan 01New Year's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 14, 2023Feb 14Valentine's Day
FridayFriMar 17, 2023Mar 17St. Patrick's Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07Good Friday
SundaySunApr 09, 2023Apr 09Easter Sunday
MondayMonApr 10, 2023Apr 10Easter Monday
MondayMonMay 22, 2023May 22Victoria Day (Many regions)
SaturdaySatJul 01, 2023Jul 01Canada Day
MondayMonAug 07, 2023Aug 07Civic Holiday (Many regions)
MondayMonSep 04, 2023Sep 04Labour Day
SaturdaySatSep 30, 2023Sep 30Truth and Reconciliation Day
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Thanksgiving Day
TuesdayTueOct 31, 2023Oct 31Halloween
SaturdaySatNov 11, 2023Nov 11Remembrance Day (Many regions)
MondayMonDec 25, 2023Dec 25Christmas Day
TuesdayTueDec 26, 2023Dec 26Boxing Day (Many regions)

List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2023

ThursdayThuJan 12, 2023Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
ThursdayThuJan 19, 2023Jan 19National Popcorn Day
WednesdayWedFeb 01, 2023Feb 01National Signing Day
ThursdayThuFeb 02, 2023Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 03, 2023Feb 03National Wear Red Day
ThursdayThuFeb 09, 2023Feb 09National Pizza Day
MondayMonFeb 13, 2023Feb 13Galentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 14, 2023Feb 14Valentine's Day
WednesdayWedFeb 15, 2023Feb 15National Bagel Day
SaturdaySatFeb 18, 2023Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
TuesdayTueFeb 21, 2023Feb 21National Pancake Day
WednesdayWedFeb 22, 2023Feb 22National Margarita Day
FridayFriMar 03, 2023Mar 03National Employee Appreciation Day
TuesdayTueMar 07, 2023Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 12, 2023Mar 12Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 13, 2023Mar 13National Napping Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Walkout Day
TuesdayTueMar 14, 2023Mar 14National Pi Day
MondayMonMar 20, 2023Mar 20National Proposal Day
ThursdayThuMar 23, 2023Mar 23National Puppy Day
ThursdayThuMar 30, 2023Mar 30National Doctor Day
WednesdayWedApr 05, 2023Apr 05National Walking Day
ThursdayThuApr 06, 2023Apr 06National Burrito Day
FridayFriApr 07, 2023Apr 07National Beer Day
TuesdayTueApr 11, 2023Apr 11National Pet Day
WednesdayWedApr 12, 2023Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 04, 2023May 04National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 14, 2023May 14Mother's Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 25, 2023May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 02, 2023Jun 02National Donut Day
ThursdayThuJun 08, 2023Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 18, 2023Jun 18Father's Day
WednesdayWedJun 21, 2023Jun 21National Selfie Day
ThursdayThuJun 22, 2023Jun 22National Kissing Day
TuesdayTueJul 11, 2023Jul 11Amazon Prime Day
ThursdayThuJul 13, 2023Jul 13National French Fry Day
FridayFriJul 14, 2023Jul 14National Nude Day
SundaySunJul 16, 2023Jul 16National Ice Cream Day
WednesdayWedJul 19, 2023Jul 19National Hot Dog Day
MondayMonJul 24, 2023Jul 24National Tequila Day
SaturdaySatJul 29, 2023Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
TuesdayTueAug 01, 2023Aug 01National Girlfriends Day
SundaySunAug 06, 2023Aug 06National Sister Day
MondayMonSep 18, 2023Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
TuesdayTueOct 03, 2023Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Vodka Day
WednesdayWedOct 04, 2023Oct 04National Taco Day
MondayMonOct 09, 2023Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
SaturdaySatOct 21, 2023Oct 21Sweetest Day
SundaySunOct 29, 2023Oct 29National Cat Day
TuesdayTueOct 31, 2023Oct 31Halloween
FridayFriNov 03, 2023Nov 03National Sandwich Day
FridayFriNov 24, 2023Nov 24Black Friday
MondayMonNov 27, 2023Nov 27Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 02, 2023Dec 02Candle Day
SaturdaySatDec 09, 2023Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 15, 2023Dec 15National Ugly Sweater day