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Alona Mercado     We will remember them

Every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, millions of people everywhere pause to reflect and remember the sacrifice of thousands upon thousands of men and women who gave up their lives in the quest for peace, freedom and democracy.

Canada, along with its sister nations in the Commonwealth, began observing Remembrance Day on November 11, 1919 – exactly one year after the end of the First World War. Originally called Armistice Day, this day was once linked with the Thanksgiving holiday in Canada. From 1921 to 1930, Thanksgiving and Armistice Day were both observed on the same day and by law were held on the Monday for the week of November 11th. The linking of these two events caused much debate since Thanksgiving is a time for celebration and family whereas Armistice Day was a day to reflect and remember.