Lest We Forget – What Does It Mean?

By Posted December 02, 2016

Lest We Forget – What Does It Mean?

"Lest" means something like "in case". Three words renown across most countries to show our remembrance of those who have fought, and those who have died fighting for freedom. It means that we will never forget. In Canada, we honour the day by wearing poppies, a flower that bloomed throughout the fields of battle grounds in France and Belgium during World War I.. Remembrance Day is the commemoration of the armistice that was marked by Allied forces and German at the end of World War I. In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, a request was given for all shooting to stop. Soldiers set out their weapons and individuals everywhere throughout the world rejoiced. After four long years of bitter fighting, “the war to end all wars" was finally over. In many countries, people went out into the streets, closed their businesses, sang songs, blew whistles and horns, and celebrated. On November 11 in many parts of the world today, veterans march in parades, and politicians and others give speeches of thanks for the peace that was won. People gather together in assemblies to honor all men and women who have served and continue to serve their countries. Wreaths and flowers are placed on graves and war monuments. In many services, a sad song called "Last Post" is played by a bugler or trumpeter. Then a moment of silence takes place at 11:00 to remember all those who died in World War I, World War II, and other wars. In many countries, the poppy has become a recognized symbol of November 11. The poppy is a bright red wildflower the bloomed across some of worst battlefields of World War I, and the poppy's red color came to represent the bloodshed of trench warfare. Veterans groups in many different countries sell artificial poppies to help raise money for veteran support groups.    

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