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Christine and Stuart Blais finish a shift collecting donations for the Poppy Fund
Christine and Stuart Blais finish a shift collecting donations for the Poppy Fund

Heard Up North: Poppy Drive volunteers Christine and Stuart Blais

This is poppy time across Canada. The bright red flower is widely worn leading into Remembrance Day ceremonies, held in many communities on November 11th.

Besides symbolizing support for military service and sacrifice, the humble stick pin generates millions of dollars in donations to aid veterans.

For today's Heard Up North Lucy Martin dropped by a grocery store in Barrhaven, Ontario, where Christine and Stuart Blais were collecting for the cause.  Go to full article

Canada remembers fallen soldiers

Canada's Remembrance Day begins as crowds gather in Ottawa's downtown. Tens of thousands - of all ages - and nearly everyone wearing a bright red poppy. It's a somber occasion. Motorcades bring dignitaries: the Canadian Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Silver Cross Mother and more. There are no speeches from the politicians - just music, gun salutes, a prayer later on. The Air Force fly-over. And long rounds of applause as a shrinking parade of war veterans marches by. Lucy Martin paid her respects and sent in this audio montage from Canada's War Memorial in Ottawa.  Go to full article
Newly unveiled Veteran's Memorial at Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa.
Newly unveiled Veteran's Memorial at Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa.

Canadian vets talk about their wars, and this one

November 11th goes by different names. The former Armistice Day has become Veteran's Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada. For at least a week before hand, many Canadians won't leave home without pinning on a small plastic flower. School children still recite "In Flanders Field," hurriedly written in 1915 by a weary field doctor. Canadian John McCrea's poem immortalized the common red poppy, which sprang up across battle fields and graveyards in the wishfully-named "War to End All Wars." In this atmosphere, correspondent Lucy Martin wondered what older Canadian war veterans might be thinking about Canada's current campaign in Afghanistan. She caught up with some during a recent ceremony at an Ottawa Veteran's Home.  Go to full article

Preview: Brockville Community Choir Presents Remembrance Day Concert

The 50-voice Brockville Community Chorus presents its annual Remembrance Day Concert. It's called In Remembrance and will be held Friday night (7:30) at the First Presbyterian Church in Brockville, Ontario. Todd Moe talks with choir Director Jeff Reusing.  Go to full article

Commentary: Veterans' Day/Remembrance Sunday

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month of 1918, the world rejoiced. The most terrible war in history, the war to end all wars was over. In the United States, that day became Armistice Day and later Veterans' Day. In Canada, it's called Remembrance Day. The British mark Remembrance Sunday. Commentator Paul Willcott has been in London on several Remembrance Sundays. He describes one for us, noting how the British honor not only their own men and women who served, but all veterans, including the Americans we honor today in this country.  Go to full article

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