Every year on November 11th, Canada honours Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day is a time to show our gratitude for all who fought for our freedoms and honour those who fell. Since 1921 Canadians have been wearing the poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those brave Canadians who have served and who lost their lives to war.
It is important that the kids in our lives understand Remembrance Day so that they, too, can reflect and honour Canada’s Military, and appreciate the freedoms we all enjoy. The most important first step is starting a conversation. Set aside some time to provide some context and explain why we observe this day. Be sure to leave lots of time for questions! You can also attend a Remembrance Day service or Parade with children. This way, they get to see Canada’s Military and Veterans up close and be a part of some of the traditions we use to honour this day.
Our schools have always been a great place for children to learn about Remembrance Day. But due to COVID it may not be possible for children to participate in the usual assemblies and activities this year. Below you’ll find some resources to help create conversations and learning opportunities with kids.
The Educator’s section of the Veteran’s Affairs website has some great activities and learning tools that you may find useful in talking to children about Remembrance Day. You can learn “10 Quick Facts on The Canadian Armed Forces”, or for older kids, you can dive into some fantastic Learning Videos about Canada’s Military history and traditions.
The Canadian War Museum, has a Remembrance Day section with information about Remembrance Day, the poppy, the story behind The Unknown Soldier, and so much more. For a more immersive experience, you can play an interactive online game called “Over the Top”. This game is ”…an interactive adventure that allows you to experience the life in the trenches during the First World War.”
And if you’d like your children to learn about the famous Canadian poem, “In Flanders Fields”, this website has some great reflection activities.
There are also thousands of Military Families across Canada for whom Remembrance Day is also a special time to reflect, give thanks and honour their fallen brothers and sisters.
The Concerned Kids had the distinct privilege of having a conversation with a Military Family, interviewed by our very own Puppet Kid, Brenda!
Brenda, Jordan, and Annelise, spent time talking about what it’s like to be a Military family. We learned about how they have lived on a base and off, how they stay in contact when dad (Jordan) is overseas, what school is like for Annelise, and so much more! We also learned why Remembrance Day is important to them.
You can learn more about Jordan and Annelise and see our conversation HERE!