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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

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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Canada in 2024

MondayMonJan 01, 2024Jan 01New Year's Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2024Feb 14Valentine's Day
SundaySunMar 17, 2024Mar 17St. Patrick's Day
FridayFriMar 29, 2024Mar 29Good Friday
SundaySunMar 31, 2024Mar 31Easter Sunday
MondayMonApr 01, 2024Apr 01Easter Monday
MondayMonMay 20, 2024May 20Victoria Day (Many regions)
MondayMonJul 01, 2024Jul 01Canada Day
MondayMonAug 05, 2024Aug 05Civic Holiday (Many regions)
MondayMonSep 02, 2024Sep 02Labour Day
MondayMonSep 30, 2024Sep 30Truth and Reconciliation Day
MondayMonOct 14, 2024Oct 14Thanksgiving Day
ThursdayThuOct 31, 2024Oct 31Halloween
MondayMonNov 11, 2024Nov 11Remembrance Day (Many regions)
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2024Dec 25Christmas Day
ThursdayThuDec 26, 2024Dec 26Boxing Day (Many regions)

List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2024

FridayFriJan 12, 2024Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
FridayFriJan 19, 2024Jan 19National Popcorn Day
FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02National Wear Red Day
WednesdayWedFeb 07, 2024Feb 07National Signing Day
FridayFriFeb 09, 2024Feb 09National Pizza Day
TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13Galentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13National Pancake Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2024Feb 14Valentine's Day
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2024Feb 15National Bagel Day
SundaySunFeb 18, 2024Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2024Feb 22National Margarita Day
ThursdayThuFeb 29, 2024Feb 29Leap Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2024Mar 01National Employee Appreciation Day
ThursdayThuMar 07, 2024Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 10, 2024Mar 10Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 11, 2024Mar 11National Napping Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Walkout Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Pi Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2024Mar 20National Proposal Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2024Mar 23National Puppy Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2024Mar 30National Doctor Day
WednesdayWedApr 03, 2024Apr 03National Walking Day
ThursdayThuApr 04, 2024Apr 04National Burrito Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2024Apr 07National Beer Day
ThursdayThuApr 11, 2024Apr 11National Pet Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2024Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 02, 2024May 02National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 12, 2024May 12Mother's Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Towel Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 07, 2024Jun 07National Donut Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2024Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2024Jun 16Father's Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2024Jun 21National Selfie Day
SaturdaySatJun 22, 2024Jun 22National Kissing Day
SaturdaySatJul 13, 2024Jul 13National French Fry Day
SundaySunJul 14, 2024Jul 14National Nude Day
WednesdayWedJul 17, 2024Jul 17National Hot Dog Day
SundaySunJul 21, 2024Jul 21National Ice Cream Day
TuesdayTueJul 23, 2024Jul 23Amazon Prime Day
WednesdayWedJul 24, 2024Jul 24National Tequila Day
MondayMonJul 29, 2024Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
ThursdayThuAug 01, 2024Aug 01National Girlfriends Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2024Aug 04National Sister Day
WednesdayWedSep 18, 2024Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2024Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Vodka Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Taco Day
WednesdayWedOct 09, 2024Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
SaturdaySatOct 19, 2024Oct 19Sweetest Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2024Oct 29National Cat Day
ThursdayThuOct 31, 2024Oct 31Halloween
SundaySunNov 03, 2024Nov 03National Sandwich Day
FridayFriNov 29, 2024Nov 29Black Friday
MondayMonDec 02, 2024Dec 02Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2024Dec 07Candle Day
MondayMonDec 09, 2024Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 20, 2024Dec 20National Ugly Sweater day