Just over 100 years ago, in July of 1921, the Great War Veterans Association adopted the poppy as its symbol of remembrance.
Every year, November 5 to 11 is Veterans’ Week, an opportunity for Canadians to honour the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices of our veterans. Remembrance Day, November 11, marks the final day of Veterans’ Week and recalls the end of hostilities during the First World War on that date in 1918. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians gather wherever they are and observe a moment of silence to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty and to recognize their service to our country. Roy Goodall, Association vice-president and a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, is honoured to attend the national Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa to represent all Federal Retirees members, staff and volunteers on Nov. 11.
This year, the Government of Canada is aiming to recognize several important milestones with its Veterans’ Week theme: Service, Courage and Sacrifice. At home, around the world and across generations.
- Learn about our advocacy work to support veterans
- Spread the word about remembrance
- Connect with digital learning resources and online events
Our veterans served Canada — and were willing to risk their lives to do so. Now it’s Canada’s turn to support veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Veteran well-being is one of the Federal Retirees’ four key advocacy priorities and, for that reason, it became one of the four pillars of the Association’s 2021 federal election campaign. We asked, and will continue to ask, the government to ensure that veterans and their loved ones have the well-being, care and benefits they deserve. In particular, we are seeking:
- Achieve equitable outcomes for serving military and veteran women
- Ensure a seamless, supported, successful transition and release from service
- Ensure ill and injured veterans and their informal caregivers are supported
- Ensure timely and transparent assessments and reassessments for veterans
- Rebuild institutional trust with veterans by improving outcomes and communications
For more information, visit our advocacy priorities page for veterans’ issues, get acquainted with the Women Veterans Research and Engagement Network (WREN) or download our 2021 election primer.
We owe it to our veterans to speak about them, to share their stories, to honour their sacrifices and to keep their memories alive. Use your voice to raise awareness of veterans’ issues and remembrance, and to join the conversation on social media.
On Facebook, use our posts and download our shareable image to raise awareness of Veterans’ Week. Be sure to visit Federal Retirees on Facebook to share our posts and keep up to date on our work!
Download our Veterans’ Week image and share it with your Facebook community!
- Remembrance is our duty as Canadians during Veterans’ Week, November 5-11, and all year. We remember your service and sacrifice.
- To our veterans and their families, thank you for answering the call to serve, and for making Canada and the world a better place to live.
On Twitter, use the hashtag #CanadaRemembers to join the conversation, share our sample posts and images below and follow @fedretirees to share our posts with your networks.
Download our Veteran's Week image and share it with your Twitter community!
- Remembrance is our duty as Canadians during #VeteransWeek, November 5-11, and all year. #CanadaRemembers
- To our #veterans and their families, thank you for answering the call to serve, and for making Canada and the world a better place to live. #CanadaRemembers
Veterans Affairs Canada
As Canadians continue to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19, most in-person gatherings are cancelled this year but there are still many ways we can come together for Veterans’ Week. Visit the VAC calendar of upcoming events to learn more about online events and digital activities that you can take part in. VAC also offers a wealth of historical information and educational resources along with podcasts, interviews, articles and videos highlighting the personal stories of Canadian veterans.
If you have young family members – children or grandchildren – don’t miss this opportunity to introduce them to the concept of remembrance and promote active learning. Veterans Affairs Canada offers a collection of free learning resources for all age ranges such as the Take Time to Remember activity book.
The Royal Canadian Legion
As part of the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign, from the last Friday in October through to Remembrance Day, Canadians proudly wear poppies as a show of support for veterans and a visual reminder of the sacrifices they have made for us. Canadians may notice some new events and activities for 2021 as the Legion celebrates “Poppy 100” this year. Visit the Legion’s Poppy 100 page to learn more and get involved.