Every November 11th, Canadians across the country pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who served our country during wartime.  We honour those who fought for Canada – in the First World War (1914 – 1918), the Second World War (1939 – 1945) and the Korean War (1950 – 1953). More than 1,500,000 Canadians served overseas – more than 100,000 died, 45,000 in WWII alone.  They gave their lives and their future so that we may live in peace.












Lest We Forget


In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravery singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead, Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.


By Major John McCrae




Reply to Flanders Fields


Oh! Sleep in peace where poppies grow;

The torch your falling hands lets go

Was caught by us, again held high,

A beacon light in Flanders sky

 That dims the stars to those below.


You are our dead, you held the foe,

And ere the poppies cease to blow,

We’ll prove our faith in you who lie

In Flanders Fields.


Oh! Rest in peace, we quickly go

To you who bravely died, and know

In other fields was heard the cry.

For freedom’s cause, of you who lie,

So still asleep where poppies grow,

In Flanders Fields.


As in rumbling sound, to and fro,

The lightning flashes, sky aglow,

The mighty host appear, and high

Above the din of battle cry.

Scarce heard amidst the guns below,

Are fearless hearts who fight the foe,

And guard the place where poppies grow.

Oh! Sleep in peace, all you who lie

In Flanders Fields.


And still the poppies gently blow,

Between the crosses, row on row.

The larks, still bravery soaring high,

Are singing now their lullaby

To you who sleep where poppies grow

In Flanders Fileds.


 John Mitchell




World War I:

1. 628,736 Canadians served.

2. 66,573 died and 138,166 were wounded.

3. 2,818 were taken prisoner of war.

4. 175 merchant seamen died by enemy action.




World War II:

1. 1,031,902 Canadian men and 49,963 Canadian women served.

2. 44,927 died and 43,145 were wounded.

3. 8,271 were taken prisoner of war.

4. 1,146 merchant seamen died by enemy action died by enemy action.




1. 26,791 Canadians served.

2. 516 died and 1,558 were wounded.

3. 33 were taken prisoner of war.



The Gulf War:

1. 3,837 Canadian men and 237 Canadian women served.

2. There were no Canadian casualties or prisoners of war during the Gulf War.