In Canada from 1921 to 1930, the Armistice Day Act provided that Thanksgiving would be observed on Armistice Day which was fixed by statute on the Monday of the week in which 11 November fell. In 1931, the federal parliament adopted an act to amend the Armistice Day Act, providing that the day should be observed on 11 November and that the day should be known as Remembrance Day. In the United States President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11, 1919 the first Armistice Day in the U.S., and the name was changed to Veterans Day on June 1, 1954 to honor veterans of all wars. The red poppy became the emblem of Remembrance Day when the poem In Flanders Fields was written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. (Wikipedia)
As Remembrance Day draws closer, I remember who in my family has served their country. There is Josiah Gilbert of New Jersey, who was a corporal in the King’s American Regiment (War of 1776); William Gilbert who joined the 16th Maine Regiment in 1864 to fight in the American Civil War; my great grandfather Thomas Cramer who served in WW I; my father Charles Allan Todd who joined the army in Gagetown, New Brunswick and my mothers' brother Harold (Jim) Cramer who also served in WW ll.
I don't have photos of of all the soldiers and I am still looking for the one small picture of my dad in uniform. I have a picture of my great grandfather Thomas wearing the medals he received and a picture of my uncle Jim (in his navy uniform) with his mom. You can imagine my excitement when I was able to visit the HMCS Haida, the ship that my uncle Jim served on during WW ll. I did not know that he had been an original crew member.
Please join in any Remembrance Day events in your community. Don't think of the war but of the people who risked their lives and gave their lives for us!