Today in many nations around the world we pause to remember those who fought and died in the line of duty. Started to memorialize those who died fighting for our freedom against oppression and tyranny in the first World War – WWI (1914 to 1918), we now also remember those who fought in all other conflicts that have occurred since that time, especially World War II (1939 to 1945). November 11 is the chosen day as it marked the official end to hostilities in the first World War.
In Canada and other Commonwealth of Nations members, this day is called Remembrance Day and the wearing of a red poppy is a symbolic way to honor the veterans.
In the United States this day is called Veterans Day and honors the military veterans of the American Armed Forces, while Memorial Day in May honors those that died in the line of duty.
A few years ago we travelled to Normandy France, scene of many bloody battles during both World Wars. Here are a few of our pictures. Please take a moment to join us as we remember and thank those who have defended our freedoms.
Carolyn Hughes and Darrell Pardy