Aside from the two minutes of silence we’ll all be taking on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, is your family doing anything else to remember the more than 118,000 men and women of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty during the First World War? Here are some ways you as a family can remember.
Send a care package
Whether it’s a hand written letter or a homemade gift, encouraging your kids to dedicate some time and energy into something to send overseas to the troops will help to feel personally invested in Remembrance Day.
There are several donation options available to those who want to make a monetary contribution, including OP Santa Clause, the RESPECT Campaign and the Support Our Troops Fund. These funds range in aim, some focusing on the care and rehabilitation of injured members of service, while others concentrate more on giving the armed forces the means to help those living in poverty in the places they have been deployed.
Read more about these causes and a few more here.
Wear a poppy
This one should go without saying. Wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day is the easiest way to pay homage to the troops, past and present. Just make sure you are wearing it the right way: on your left side, close to your heart. Poppies aren’t just reserved for the 11th either. The traditional Remembrance Day period rungs from the last Friday in October until November 11th, so it is acceptable to wear one on your lapel for the entirety of this time.
Make Remembrance Day art
This is a great way to get your kids fully immersed in the day. DIY a poppy wreath to hang on your door, paint a water color poppy to display over your mantel or use construction paper or felt fabric to make poppies of your own, and while they make their craft, explain to them the significance of Remembrance Day. Since kids tend to be more visually inclined, they are more likely to remember the importance of the day for years to come if they have a visual or kinesthetic association to it. Art can also be sent overseas to the troop in the form of a care package.
Attend a local ceremony
Contact your local legion branch and find out where the closest ceremony to you is being held. Ceremonies are typically held at community halls, memorial halls, schools and workplaces. Find out more information through the Legion’s website here.