Every year, in Canada, November 11th is Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in the USA), and it’s a day to commemorate the members, both past and present, of the Canadian Armed Forces. Also known as Armistice Day, it marks the date and time when the armies stopped fighting in World War I, on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month). Many people wear poppies before and on Remembrance Day as a sign of their respect and support for Canadian troops. Poppies are often handed out for free but a voluntary donation is usually given in exchange.
The poem In Flanders Fields was written by a Canadian officer during the first world war and is often recited in for Remembrance Day. I remember learning the poem by heart when I was a young girl in school in Canada.