Remembrance Day in Canada is an annual memorial day observed to honor those who have served in wartime and to remember those who have died. Canadians observe this day on November 11th every year – the anniversary of the Armistice agreement that ended World War I in 1918.
What’s in this post:
- Why a Poppy for Remembrance?
- Remembrance Day Books for Kids
- Remembrance Day Crafts for Kids
- Remembrance Day Colouring & Activity Sheets
- More Remembrance Day Resources from Veterans Affairs Canada
- Remembrance Day Services in New Brunswick
The Poppy – poppies are used as a symbol to remember those who have given their lives in battle. They are the flowers that grew on the battlefields after World War One ended. This is described in the famous World War One poem In Flanders Fields.
The poppy is worn from the last Friday in October until the end of ceremonies on November 11th, in honour of the millions of Canadians who have served and continue to serve in the Canadian Forces during times of war, conflict, and peace.
Children can learn and comprehend better through reading and illustrations. There are several age-appropriate books to introduce war and remembrance to children, here are just a few.
Remembrance Day in Canada
by David James Pallister
In this book, elementary school children will learn many of the symbols associated with Remembrance Day.
They will learn how we honour soldiers and veterans on Remembrance Day and throughout the year.
A Bear In War
by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat and Illustrated by Brian Deines
A Bear in Waris the true story of a toy bear who travelled to war and back, sharing one family’s testament to a brave soldier in World War I. This book offers children a gentle introduction to war and to Remembrance Day..
A Poppy Is to Remember
by Heather Patterson & Illustrated by Ron Lightburn
This is a beautifully illustrated book explaining how the red poppy that we all wear in November became Canada’s symbol of honouring those who fought for our freedom on Remembrance Day. The book includes information on Canada’s wartime and peacekeeping endeavours, and the poem, In Flanders Field.
At Vimy Ridge: Canada’s Greatest World War I Victory
by Hugh Brewster
A book for children ages 8 to 12, honours those who fought and those who died at Vimy Ridge. At Vimy Ridge, Canadian soldiers were able to take the strategic position of Vimy Ridge from the Germans, a feat that more experienced soldiers had not been able to accomplish.
Author Steve Pitt focuses on this seminal event in Charley Fox’s life and in the war, but he also provides fascinating aspects of the period, including profiles of noted ace pilots Buzz Beurling and Billy Bishop, Jr., and Great Escape architect Walter Floody, as well as sidebars about Hurricanes, Spitfires, and Messerschmitts. Best for ages 12+.
Popsicle Stick Poppy Kids Craft from Champagne & Sugarplums
More crafts and activities are available on our Pinterest Board for Remembrance Day
Print our Remembrance Day colouring page and activities as an additional resource for explaining the day to your children.
Descriptions of each link below taken directly from the website.
Take Time To Remember (Ages 5 – 7)
A printable activity booklet for young children that introduces concepts of remembrance in an accessible and fun manner. Brightly illustrated, it contains six activities:
- Remembrance maze
- Connect the dots
- Let’s colour
- Spot the differences
- Word search
- Remembrance puzzle
Tales of Animals In War (Ages 5 – 11)
Every year since 2006, six animal characters from the Remembrance Clubhouse have presented a fresh edition of Tales of Animals in War, to introduce young readers to the concept of remembrance in a non-threatening manner.
Canada Remembers Times (Ages 12 – 18)
The 2022 Canada Remembers Times includes stories about Canada’s efforts in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and in post-war Canadian Armed Forces efforts. Using a newspaper format, the Canada Remembers Times is designed to:
- share the experiences of Veterans who live in our communities;
- engage youth in learning about Canada’s military history and heritage; and
- encourage youth to participate in and share the importance of remembrance.
Athoville, NB – The Remembrance Day ceremony in Athoville will be held indoors at the Athoville Alma Hall at 10:50am on November 11th, 2022.
Bouctouche, NB – A Remembrance Day Parade takes place at the Veteran’s Park on November 11 at 10:30AM.
Dieppe, NB – The Dieppe Military Veterans Association in cooperation with the city of Dieppe will host a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the École Mathieu-Martin. 511, rue Champlain Dieppe, Nouveau-Brunswick E1A 1P2 – Ceremony begins at 10:45 AM
Fredericton, NB – There will be a parade/march at 10:15 am, followed by a Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at the Fredericton Cenotaph, 899 King Street on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 11 am.
Miramichi, NB – The Remembrance Day Service on Friday, November 11, 2022, at 11:00 am Ceremonies will be held inside Loggieville Community Center at 19 Highfield St, in Miramichi.
Moncton, NB – This year’s Remembrance Day ceremony will be in-person at the Moncton Coliseum. The community is invited to attend the ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11 to pay tribute to our veterans. Doors open at 10 a.m. Please arrive by 10:30 a.m. in order to be seated in time for the entrance march beginning at 10:40 a.m.
New Maryland, NB – Victoria Hall Cenotaph at 10:45 am on November 11th, 2022.
Saint John, NB – There will be a Service of Remembrance at TD Station in Saint John in 2022 (More details to come)
Shediac, NB – Remembrance Day Service will be held at Pascal Poirier Park starting at 10:30 am. Wreath laying will take place at the Cenotaph. There will be a reception at Branch #33 – 386 Main St., following the service.
Snider Mountain, NB – Snider Mountain United Baptist Church offers an annual Remembrance Day Service on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 10:15 am. There will be in attendance approximately 40 members from the Royal Canadian Regiment.
National Remembrance Day Ceremony
Watch the Ceremony on TV or online
- National Canadian news networks will cover the ceremony live on TV.
- Watch the ceremony live on The Royal Canadian Legion’s Facebook page.
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