LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12679 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1902 times:
Veterans Day, as we call it here in the USA, is a wierd holiday here. There is no mail service, government offices are closed, schools are out, few attend ceremonies. For many private companies, their employees work today so the day can be used for the day after Thanksgiving. In some countries, like the UK, they commerate it on the closest Sunday. In others, like in Canada, where it is called Rememberance Day, it is probably one of their most important 'holidays', over Canada Day and their Thanksgiving Day, with serious ceremonies to commerate those that lost their lives in war for their country.
We must all remember that this day intially represented the end of World War I, the "Great War" bringing in modern, mechanized warfare, the horrors of the trenchs and of the use of poison gasses, banned shortly after it's end. We must not forget that or the terrible costs of all wars, including in Iraq, Afganistan and other hot spots in the world.
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1): Veterans Day, as we call it here in the USA, is a wierd holiday here.
Oddly enough, Australia hasn't made 'Armistice Day' a national holiday. The day we choose for 'Remembrance' is Anzac Day, 25th. April.
'ANZAC' stands for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps' - and the date commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops on the Gallipoli Peninisula in 1915, early in the First World War.
I'd be the last to deprecate Anzac Day, but I'm pleased to report that, just today, our media has been placing more emphasis on the rest of the First and Second World Wars - and informing people that Gallipoli was only the first stage of Australia's (and New Zealand's) participation in both world wars. And that the casualties both armies later suffered in France in WW1 dwarfed those that were incurred at Gallipoli, bloody as that campaign was.
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ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7623 posts, RR: 38 Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1801 times:
Its an official statuatory holiday in Canada, meaning that schools and government services are closed. Everyone else also gets the day off (paid of course) however, like every other holiday, most stores are open for business and people shop just as any other day. Those working do get paid time and a half of course.
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1782 times:
From what I remember, 11/11 isn't considered a national holiday in Germany (likely for obvious reasons). 11/11 does have a certain meaning for people in certain states because it marks the beginning of carnival season.
Pyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3627 posts, RR: 28 Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1777 times:
I honestly think that Veteran's Day should not be 11/11, and that most western nations should be ashamed to celebrate it. The reason is, the way WW1 ended, with the Versailles treaty, was so shameful, and such a dark moment in British and French (especially) history that it ultimately led to WW2. Now I know 11/11 celebrates the Armistice of 1918 and not the Versailles treaty but I still think this is not a date we should remember. Is there no other better day of the year to remember fallen soldiers?
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ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7623 posts, RR: 38 Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1774 times:
Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7): I still think this is not a date we should remember. Is there no other better day of the year to remember fallen soldiers?
Don't know about the rest of the world, but in Canada, its not the date we remember, its the soilders and people who have lost their lives regardless of nationality in conflicts all over the world. I doubt most people look past that, so changing the date would more or less pointless.
YooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6055 posts, RR: 51 Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1764 times:
Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 4): Its an official statuatory holiday in Canada, meaning that schools and government services are closed
Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 4): Everyone else also gets the day off (paid of course) however, like every other holiday, most stores are open for business and people shop just as any other day. Those working do get paid time and a half of course.
I'm working and my kids are in school. Must be a B.C. thing?
Anyways, i have my Poppy and remeber and honour all war vets.
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