We shall not sleep. Though poppies grow in Flanders Fields.

November 4, 2013 | Ann

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In Flanders Fields poem from the War Museum website

John McCrae, a native of Guelph, Ontario and surgeon of the 1st Brigade, wrote other poems in his life.  He is best remembered for the passage he wrote while gazing over grave-filled ravines curtained in red poppies and over the constant roar of cannon and artillery fire in the distance.

Remembrance Day is celebrated each year on November 11th to commemorate the signing of armistice between the Allies and the Germans on November 11th in 1918.  Since the Great War, other wars have followed including the Korean War, the War in Vietnam, and the War in Afghanistan to name a few.  Remembrance Day pays homage to all soldiers since the Great War. 

The City of Toronto is hosting several Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th before 11 am:

Remembrance Day ceremonies available from the City of Toronto website


On Thursday, November 7, 2013, North York Central Library is featuring a program with Major Lee Phillips of the Royal Canadian Forces.  The program is called, Looking Back:  Honouring Remembrance Day in Canada and this is where he will share his personal experiences serving in the armed forces as well as highlighting the importance and significance of commemorating Remembrance Day in Canada.  The program will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium.  (Seating is limited so please call (416) 395-5660 to register.)

Major Leo Phillips at NYCL Nov 7th 2013


The year 2013 is the Year of the Korean War VeteranVeterans Affairs Canada has an 2013 newsletter called Salute! where Veteran Affairs Minister, Steven Blaney says,

It is our duty today to pay tribute to more than 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean War, and in particular the 516 Canadians who gave their lives in service to defend the values of peace and freedom on the Korean peninsula.  (Excerpt from 2013 Salute! newsletter.)


Veterans Affairs Canada also offers Postcards for Peace that you could send and share peaceful message e-cards with others.  

VAC - Year of the Korean War Veteran


Also worth noting: 

  • The Canadian War Museum has a Remembrance Day web page with information that includes topics on Armistice Day, John McCrae, and the poppy as a national symbol.  
  • Early Canadiana Online provides a wonderful archival collection of image and print resources to view on the Internet.  World War I archives are easily accessible.
  • Royal Canadian Legion is Canada's largest Veterans and Community Services Organization in support of Canadian Veterans and lives of many.  Ontario Provincial Command Legion covers the Toronto area.  Consider supporting The Poppy Campaign by purchasing a poppy from the Legion.


Here is a list of some interesting World War I titles and DVDs at North York Central Library to peruse. 

July 1914 on tpl.ca The Assassination Of The Archdule at tpl.ca

The Lost History on tpl.ca
The Great War DVD on tpl(DVD) The Great War on tpl(DVD)

War Horses of WWI DVD on tpl(DVD)


Below is a listing of World War II Titles and DVDs at the North York Central Library.  

The Girls of Atomic City on tpl.ca The Deserters on tpl.ca

Big Week on tpl.ca
Inside World War II DVD on tpl.ca

World War II When Lions Roared on tpl.ca
Top Secret Rosies DVD on tpl.ca


Here is a selection of historical titles on other military missions worth investigating.  

Brothers At War on tpl
 (Korean War)
My Vietnam Your Iraq on tpl.ca
(Vietnam War (DVD))
The Last Refuge on tpl.ca
(War in Afghanistan)
One Minute To Midnight at tpl(Cuban Missile Crisis) Viper Pilot on tpl.ca(Gulf War) Scarce Heard Amid The Guns on tpl.ca(Peacekeeping Mission)


As Remembrance Day draws near, please take a moment to reflect on those who served in past wars and what they were fighting for.