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Remembrance Day: Take Time to Remember

By November 8, 2013 No Comments

The Kashoo offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th in observance of Remembrance Day.

Every year on November 11th, citizens in many countries take time out to remember the people of their armed forces who died in the line of duty. This occasion, known as Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, is recognized in Commonwealth countries including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, November 11th is known as Veterans Day, a day to honor those that have served in the armed services.

More specifically, November 11th recalls the moment that the hostilities of World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day and a small artificial poppy is often worn on clothing in the days leading up to the occasion.

But why the poppy?

Poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders, Belgium during World War I. In his poem, In Flanders Fields, Canadian Army officer John McCrae wrote of the poppies in Flanders…

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Enjoy the holiday.

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