We have seen many Canadian proudly sport a poppy on their clothing in the past two weeks. These bright red flowers commemorate Remembrance Day, a day when many countries around the globe honour their fallen heroes, brave soldiers, men and women who have served or are still serving in the armed forces. It is a day to honour, and cherish the sacrifices these men and women make to maintain peace in their lands.

This Remembrance Day in Canada is especially significant in wake of the Ottawa shootings. If anything, the aftermath of that tragic day reinforced that Canadians are a strong nation, who love peace and will not let the actions of a disturbed man reflect poorly on an entire people.

On this Remembrance Day, we remember all the fallen soldiers, and each and every person in the forces who is working to secure a better, peaceful future for our children.

From the team at MuslimMoms.ca, We Shall Not Forget…

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause for a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember more than 1,500,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice. We wear poppies over our hearts on Remembrance Day lest we forget the need and importance of peace, harmony and reconciliation in the society. Remembering all those veterans and their sacrifices make me understand that it is my responsibility as a citizen to make all efforts to maintain feelings of love, friendship and mutual respect for my fellow citizens because united we stand, and divided we fall. ~ Somaira Arshad.

On Remembrance Day we remind ourselves of the brave soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom. We wear poppies as a symbol of the battles that took place during World War I on Flanders Fields. In school we will be having a special assembly and a moment of silence as well. It is important to honor those people that fought for our freedom whether it is in Canada or worldwide. ~ Imaan Jawad 

To me Remembrance Day signifies the beginning of peace. On the 11th day of the 11th hour of the 11th month, the First World War officially came to an end. Today, this day reminds me that there are still many brave souls out there fighting for peace and there are still countries that are torn by war and strife.

Remembrance Day is a day for reflection on our times and it is a day for honouring the sacrifices of all the brave people who fought for their countries and lost their lives. It is a day for thanking those who fought and those who are still fighting to bring about peace in their home land. ~ Muneezah Jawad Butt

To me Remembrance Day means a day to remember and repent on the lives that are lost in numerous wars. It is an opportunity to think as a nation, group and mankind as a whole as how to formulate a peaceful and promising future for our children and generations to come. ~ Mariam Mazhar