On November 11, we pause to reflect on the sacrifices that were made for our freedoms in past wars.
Remembrance Day is an important marker in history. It marks the end of World War One and next year we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of when the Armistice was signed, ceasing hostilities in the First World War.
For many of us, November 11 is synonymous with poppies. Alectra employees wear this flower, which sprung unexpectedly from war-torn earth, to acknowledge the fallen who have fought for us in all wars, not just in WW1. This vivid, red symbol is a visual cue acknowledging the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served our country and fought to preserve our freedom. Without these important fighters, educators and advocates, the idea of what it means to be Canadian would be greatly diminished.
For this reason, throughout our Alectra Utilities family, our personal connections to Remembrance Day run deep. Many of us have family or friends who have served while others have served on the frontlines themselves. These acts of courage, reflective of the times, are necessary with each passing year, but represent a country that continues to strive for greatness.
Remembrance Day commemorates the end of World War One
So, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians will once again gather in our homes and memorial parks to recognize and stand in honour of all who have served to defend our freedom. We at Alectra Utilities will stand alongside the rest of our fellow Canadians in this unified moment of silence paying homage to the ultimate sacrifice and remember those that have given their lives.
It is also an opportunity to remind ourselves and acknowledge those who continue to fight to preserve the Canadian dream.
This year, Remembrance Day is Saturday, November 11. Flags at all Alectra locations will be flown at half-mast from Friday, November 10 to Monday, November 13 in honour of those who have fought for our country.
May the next 100 years continue to uphold the progress brave veterans made on our behalves.
Lest we forget.
PHOTO: Sergeant Hagop Vanayan | Doves are released to conclude the Aurora, Ontario, Remembrance Day parade on November 8, 2015