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Posted by Uniac:

I find it rather disrectful that these 4 provinces aren’t on board. Soldiers both men and women of all races and orients have fought, and died or been injured for the sake of our future and our way of life. I don’t care if people get paid extra to work the day, but every citizen should be entitled to have the day off to mourn and show respect for those fallen.

Posted by Ken House:

It should be a National Holiday everywhere in Canada. The government writes off billions of bad debt loans to major corporations, yet can't seem to make it a priority to look after veterans. I am the son of a deceased veteran of WW2, and am disgusted on how today's veterans are treated. At least give the Nation a day to allow all families to spend time and a day of reflection and remembrance of the sacrifices made by all the brave men and women of today, and from the past.

Posted by Antoinette pepin:

Every year, in honour of those who have ensured my freedom by fighting in the past, and to honour my father, an armed forces career man, I get up and watch every celebratory thing I can find on TV and give silent thanks for my status as a proud and free Canadian. My work place makes us come to work if Remembrance Day falls on the weekend and doesn't even observe a minute of silence to honour our brave ancestors. I think that's reprehensible. A minute is all it took to kill one of our soldiers; you'd think we could give up a single minute of our time to remember that.

Posted by Ashley:

I believe that it should be. Not for the sake of having a day off, but because working on a day set aside to remember those who fought for our freedoms tends to work against it. You get busy, you don't think about what the importance of the day is. The people who defended our freedoms deserve to be remembered for everything they have done for us, not have their memory set aside while we do something we are most likely going to do the next day! Lest we forget!

Posted by Karin:

Yes it should be a National Holiday. No explanation required. If we don't take the time to remember those who have fought along with those who are still fighting for us we will repeat the mistakes over and over again.

Posted by Dan:

1000000%%% yes! I should be a stat holiday! Why is this not done yet!

Posted by Sher Khan:

It is an absolute shame that we do not remember and honor those who fought for Canada and died for Canada. We would not be where we are today if not for those brave men and women!! I am discussed by the lack of respect Canada is not showing for these brave people!! It should be a statutory holiday in every province, territory in the entire country!!! Shame on all of us!!

Posted by Ron:

Remembrance Day should be a stat holiday for Canada province wide. Two world wars and millions dead along with thousands of brave Canadian soldiers mostly in their teens or twenties !! Lest we forget !!

Posted by GM:

Yes, we need a holiday on the Rememberance Day. I cannot afford a vacation day on that day. I really would like to attend events that take place in Toronto/Ottawa.

Posted by Craig Williams :

Dear fellow Canadians, My lineage in Canada dates back to the 1850's. As a born & raised humble Canadian, I am of the opinion that Armistice Day should have been declared a national holiday back in 1918. If everyone single person in this country was made aware of the enormous contributions, victories and sacrifices Canadian men and women made over the course of the First World War,I am certain November 11th would be a more important holiday than Christmas. It is truly embarrassing, as a Canadian, that this date isn't being recognised in the manner it so rightfully deserves. The Maple Leaf Forever. Respectfully, Mr.C.W. Williams

Posted by John Kendall:

It makes no sense to me that Remembrance Day is not a stat holiday in all provinces. I don't understand how businesses are allowed to operate on a day that should be spent paying respect to those who served and still serve this country with their lives. I think it is ignorant and disrespectful of politicians and the business community as a whole. Also, while I understand that the Royal Canadian Legions want children in the school system to understand and attend events commemorating Remembrance Day. Most Canadian families recognize what it means to observe this day with respect and admiration for those who have dedicated their lives to this great country. I believe if it was a stat holiday you would actually have more people attend public events held throughout the country. Where I live they hold a large event at the local arena and it has an amazing turnout with locals bringing their entire families to pay their respects.

Posted by Viren lad:

Yes, Remembrance Day must be made a national statutory holiday. We must honor the men and women who gave up their lives to give us our freedom and for those who continue to do so.

Posted by sandibird:

It is an absolute shame that we do not remember and honor those who fought for Canada and died for Canada. We would not be where we are today if not for those brave men and women!! I am discussed by the lack of respect Canada is not showing for these brave people!! It should be a statutory holiday in every province, territory in the entire country!!! Shame on all of us!!

Posted by Cathy Davidson:

Remembrance Day needs to be a Stat holiday in Ontario. It is a day to honour those who fought for our freedom. My grandfather was one of them. It makes no sense to be a stat holiday in some provinces and not others.

Posted by BCardenas:

Yes, Remembrance Day must be made a national statutory holiday. We must honor the men and women who gave up their lives to give us our freedom and for those who continue to do so. But we must also truly honor them by attending the events that take place in various parts of our great nation and to actually interact with veterans and active soldiers to say the two words that mean the world to them - "Thank You".

Posted by Guy Le Ny:

I am outraged that Remembrance Day in Ontario is not a stat holiday! I lived in BC and I love that they make this important day for or fighters who fought for our country. A lot of people march on that day and assist in ceremonies. On a personal level my grand dad was involved in the war, therefore I am able to think of him. Also,it was great to be able to relax from this fast paste environment we are living in and remember our ancestors who helped us to be who we are today.Canada is not a perfect country but I am proud to be Canadian. It would be great to stand up as country together and people that don't like it; do something pleasant with your families. We get so little of it. I personally like to go to the cemetery and walk in the woods, disconnect from my every day life and be thankful for the country I am living in and what have today; freedom!!! When you work on Remembrance Day and go with your busy life, you forget, you come home after work, your tired! It's not the same. My approach to this is more from the heart and not so much about politics. Is it not the whole point!!!! Thank you!

Posted by Jen:

Absolutely Remembrance Day should be a Stat holiday. It isn't right that people are forced to take a vacation day to participate in Remembrance day Services!

Posted by Andrew Knoll:

Remembrance Day should always be a Stat Holiday. Veterans and current serving members should be able to honour this day without taking time off work. We do it not for ourselves, but for those that have gone before us giving their all so that we may be here and now. I will be in uniform on November 11 and remembering them. Get out of your house and attend a Remembrance Day ceremony to show that you are truly thankful.

Posted by DAVE:

we used to have no Sunday all the stores are open. 7 days a week. Soon all the stat holidays will be open. New years first. July 1 then May 24. I will take time but it will happen. Border towns are open because of "tourist" zones. What a lame excuse. All the new multicultural holidays will slowly creep in. Pick a day one day. Canada. November 11, Shut EVERYTHING down. a memorable day off..REMEMBER.

Posted by Marnie:

Absolutely! Remembrance Day should be a stat. holiday. I would love the opportunity to be able to every year, attend a service to remember and show my appreciation for those who made sacrifices. At work, we do not truly acknowledge this day - we might take a minute of silence but that is about it. As far as those who would just use the day for other purposes, unfortunately, we cannot control what choices people make but remember - pretty much everyone gets 'Christmas' and 'Boxing Day' off and we know, without a doubt, not everyone make use of these days as intended.

Posted by Connie:

Yes we must continue to remember the sacrifices of those who have served our country. It's not about the weather being nicer in a different month, it's about paying tribute and remembering what did and can happen.

Posted by Eleanor Fernandes:

Yes, most fervently, Remembrance Day must be a National Holiday in all provinces of Canada. Those veterans made the ultimate sacrifice and their families suffered too. None of the current immigrants have had any hardships in comparison. So out of respect and gratitude, I certainly feel that Remembrance Day should be a National holid

Posted by Jake McMorran:

I believe that rememberance day should be a stat holiday. I know many families that have had grandparents, as well as even mothers and fathers to children today in the army. Not everyone makes it back. The troops do a lot to not only keep this country safe, but also to fight for rights of people across the globe. We have labour day to commemorate the day to day employee, rememberance day should be as well. Troops to just as much if not more than the average employee and should be comemerated by turning it into a stat holiday

Posted by Kendra Blues:

It should be a statutory day to pay our respects and gratitude to those who have served in the past, present and future. Many paid the absolute highest price with their lives.

Posted by Tyler Morin:

It should be a holiday. This is one of the most important dates in all of Canada in remembering our heritage and how many people were lost. Its a shame that it isn't a holiday. We need to show that we appreciate our armed forces and veterans.

Posted by shandra:

We should have Remembrance Day as a statuary holiday in all province,respecting the fallen soldiers who put their life to protect the people and country.

Posted by Erick Gelsinger:

As an ex member of the armed forces I had the pleasure of serving overseas, where in fact I participated in celebrations with other nations on remembrance day. We celebrated what many during the world wars gave freely of their lives to protect and uphold peace withing the world. The least we could do is once a year recognize their efforts and sacrifices through the recognition of a nationally recognized holiday. It is honestly amazing to visit Legions across the country and talking with older veterans about their efforts during the wold wars.. it would be sad when we as Canadians cannot appreciate the giving they gave to this country, in celebration for them a veterans day in my view is mandatory and the least we can do to keep their spirits alive.

Posted by Tricia :

I am a Canadian Vet and I do feel this should be a holiday for all Canadians. If not us Vets 🙏

Posted by James:

I don't see the relevance of a holiday for celebrating war, especially when we consider the roots and foundation with which this country is built. Very hypocritical in many ways.

Posted by Amanda:

I believe Ontario should have this as a stat holiday. Kids do learn more about this day in school, but they can learn leading up to the holiday. Canada needs more paid days off like other countries in the world. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is so long and is often the time people require breaks due to the busy time of year. Although, that is not a reason to make the stat remembrance day, because it then sounds like its an excuse. However, for those who are out of school, don't have family left who fought in the world wars, and do not listen to the radio, they often don't do anything celebratory either because the offices and workplaces do not acknowledge it. The day will then go un-noticed. If we had the day off, it would be an obvious reminder and would help to keep the memory/ honor live on.

Posted by lana gordon:

We need to put more focus on this day, remembering and respecting our fallen soldiers.

Posted by Optomistic:

I agree that if Remembrance day was a holiday it wouldn't be celebrated as it should be and kids learn more about that day in school then they do at home. However, I believe that those wanting this day to be a holiday, really just want another holiday added to the calendar. Most of the world has more paid holidays than in Canada. We are hardworking people and deserve some additional paid holidays to spend quality time with our families. Weekends are chewed up by house chores and kids activities, which for parents never seems they get time off. A holiday every month or every other month would likely decrease sick calls, and personal days taken by employees to just catch a breath.

Posted by Janet Lambert:

Remembrance Day should be a holiday for ALL of Canada. it seems crazy that government employees get the day off, and most provinces, but other provinces do not. lets get Canada in on all the same holidays throughout and be uniform. Family day should be the same. The people that are fighting this state that people would not recognize the day correctly. They would not like to have to work Christmas day!and everyone one knows that it is still recognized. so that point is mute. please make it a holiday for ALL!

Posted by Thomas bowset:

We should also have this as a stat holiday for the common population not just government, our brave men fought for all , not just those of a hiarch, , we the common man should have the pro ledge to celebrate their lives also

Posted by Phil MCcabe:

Really remembrance day should be a holiay not only to remember the fallen but to also celebrate the freedom they gave this good country we live in because I had family who fought in WW2 and my uncle spent his remembrance day with celebrating happiness and sadness we should make this day a national holiday.

Posted by Kathleen:

I think Rememberance Day should NOT be a stat holiday. When I was a child it was a big deal to celebrate and have 2 minutes of silence in school to remember our fallen. To me it left a much bigger impact than having a day off and sleeping in etc. I know also that anywhere I ever worked, did a Ceremony of sorts.

Posted by Sandra:

I think that November 11 should be a stat holiday. The next generation is already forgetting about why we stop at 11am it should be a time we spend with family be abel to go to these memorial events and honour those who fought and died for us. we need to put more focused on this day.

Posted by Ruth Wheeler:

At first I was outraged by Rememberance Day not being National (like here in the states) but after some thought and some of the comments, I've completely reversed my view. Almost no one down here "remembers" on either Veterans Day (11/11) OR Memorial Day - which congress even changed from 31 May to the last Monday of May so as to guarantee a 3-day start of summer long weekend party! Both are just disgusting holidays here now that have almost forgotten our military. I need to move north...

Posted by Howard McGregor:

Yes, definately Nov. 11th should be a stat holiday. Forget some of the other trash holidays like family day and pay tribute to the ones who made us free and have the lifestyle we have today. Put Xmas on hold till at least Dec. 15th, to much hoop la with this holiday.

Posted by Maria Silva :

I think Remembrance Day should be a stat holiday. Even if people consider it a day to sleep in, men and women fought and died for us to do so. Everything we have today from our jobs, to sleeping in, to our way of life, is because people fought for us. Religious holidays are just because the lawmakers of the time were Christian. If we allow holidays solely based on religious beliefs then we should certainly be allowing a holiday to recognize those who fought and died so we could even have those religious days. And let's not pretend that the genuine meaning behind those religious holidays have not been significantly dimmed by commercialism. There are kids who don't know why they are celebrating Christmas or who Jesus is. That's not to say that everyone has to be Christian and teach their kids to be the same. It means that if you're going to celebrate a religious holiday at least know what you're supposed to be celebrating. The war was real, the people in it were real. There's no belief involved. The fact that our society will focus on religion rather than something solid right in front of them is another post topic. But the fact that people left to fight for us and a lot never came back? That's real and that deserves recognition, a national holiday is a high form of recognition and our veterans deserve no less. It's terrifying to me imagining what our life would be like if the war was lost.And that's why our thanks and recognition as a nation are so important.

Posted by Nicole Byres, QC:

I believe that Remembrance Day should be a national (not selected provinces) statutory holiday. Of course some people will simply regard the day as another day off, however that does not mean commemoration of the meaning of/reason for the day will not also occur - whether that means a personal/private reflection time, or attending one of the public ceremonies. I grew up in BC where it was always a holiday. We learned about and first started to commemorate Remembrance Day in school - now in my late 50's I can still recite Dr. John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields' by heart. Making November 11th a statutory holiday across Canada would be a good first step in recognizing the importance of remembering the sacrifices made during the wars; how well we then make use of the day and the opportunities it provides, is still (as always) up to us as teachers, parents, and citizens.

Posted by Lucy louro:

I think Remembrance Day should be a holiday cuz we could go to church and to services for our fallin troops just like good Friday not everyone is Christian and still it's a stat holiday just because some would just sleep in and do whatever like some say it doesn't mean all will and we could spend the day with loved ones and thanking our troops for making it possible to be free and enjoy this beautiful country and reflect on our possibilities !!!

Posted by Judy Meikle:

Remembrance Day should be a National holiday. Our military consists of men and women from across Canada and should be recognized for their contributions, as well as given a day to remember their fallen comrades. As military families we celebrate the freedoms our sons and daughters have fought for. Let's never forget the brave souls who have kept and continue to keep Canada safe.

Posted by Terry Lay:

I strongly believe that Remembrance Day should be a Statutory National Holiday since All Provinces sent soldiers to war, thus all should be honoured equally.

Posted by Shirley Sawyers:

This question should not have to be asked...., Remembrance Day definitely should be a holiday, like July 1st is in this country.

Posted by Mrs. Suzanne:

My husband is retired from a 30 year Air Force career and is now working for a private company in Ontario. However he doesn't get Remembrance Day off which I believe is a total disrespect for his contribution to this country. It should at the very least be a stat holiday for working retired military members.

Posted by Stuma:

I strongly believe it should be recognized as a statutory holiday - after all its a day we have established to remember those (brave ones) who gave their lives for the country.

Posted by Todd Noel:

It’s a disgrace that Remembrance Day is not a national holiday after what the meaning of this day stand for. Time for the Government to make this a a national holiday it respect to the people of sacrifice for all of us to give us our freedom.

Posted by Denise Giroux:

Yes it should be a statutory holiday in Ontario My grandfather fought in the WWI and I feel bad when November 11 Is not on the weekend and II can’t attend the ceremony at the cenotaph. My grandfather seen his best friend get killed right beside him he witnessed horrible things while serving in the war. When he came back my grandmother said her husband came back but he was not the same man. Shame on this province not honouring these soldiers that made us a great and free country. This doesn’t stop our schools from educating our kids about the sacrifice these soldiers made for us and our country.

Posted by Laura Bushby:

There is no question. We need to show respect for those who paid the ultimate price of their life and others who bear physical and psychological scars such as ptsd also known as post-traumatic stress disorder so that we could have the life and liberties that we are the beneficiaries of. May we never forget and may we never take our freedoms for granted.

Posted by Rick:

I see where Remembrance Day is a Stat holiday for federally regulated employees,does this mean that federally regulated employees in Ontario are entitled to the stat holiday?

Posted by Roberta:

YES! Remembrance Day should be a statutory holiday in every province. Not remembering and acknowledging those who have sacrificed in the past and those who are sacrificing today so all Canadians may enjoy the freedoms we do is egregious and disrespectful. Many provinces have Family Day - what greater family do Canadians have than the military who have always stood up and protected this country. Isn`t that what a family does?

Posted by Geri:

Remembrance is far more important to me than any other holiday. Without our victory in the second world war we would not be living the life that we do today in this country. I think it's disrespectful to have businesses open on Nov 11.

Posted by Laurie:

While I respect Jason's opinion I do not agree with it. Remembrance Day is a stat in both of the provinces I have lived in, Alberta and BC, and in both provinces we still hold ceremonies (and thus teaching) in the schools. It's just done ahead of November 11th. Not only that, the children in the elementary schools here on the Sunshine Coast actually make little gifts for the people who have served. It was a wonderful moment when these children handed what they had made over to my father, while he was still alive, who served in the Invasion of Normandy, First wave. There are many ways to keep the children involved in the ceremonies (bands playing, etc) and if everyone is in one place, around the cenotaph, it is so much easier. I also vehemently disagree with the comment about less time looking back. It is only through remembering, and honoring the very people who have given you that right and ability to choose, that you can move forward in a hopefully positive fashion. There are things that you can only learn to appreciate and understand fully with age. I can only hope that the Angry Preteen will be taught and educated in such a way that, with years will bring understanding.

Posted by Laurie:

While I respect Jason's opinion I do not agree with it. Remembrance Day is a stat in both of the provinces I have lived in, Alberta and BC, and in both provinces we still hold ceremonies (and thus teaching) in the schools. It's just done ahead of November 11th. Not only that, the children in the elementary schools here on the Sunshine Coast actually make little gifts for the people who have served. It was a wonderful moment when these children handed what they had made over to my father, while he was still alive, who served in the Invasion of Normandy, First wave. There are many ways to keep the children involved in the ceremonies (bands playing, etc) and if everyone is in one place, around the cenotaph, it is so much easier. I also vehemently disagree with the comment about less time looking back. It is only through remembering, and honoring the very people who have given you that right and ability to choose, that you can move forward in a hopefully positive fashion. There are things that you can only learn to appreciate and understand fully with age. I can only hope that the Angry Preteen will be taught and educated in such a way that, with years will bring understanding.

Posted by Kyle Mayne :

Yes it should be a holiday if it wasn't for the vets we wouldn't have country.

Posted by Eugene Adamson:

Remembrance Day should not become a statutory holiday as it would then be treated the same as the rest of our holidays

Posted by Marsha:

Yes I think we should have a holiday for remembrance day it’s only right the men and women that fought for our country die for our freedom it should be mandatory to show our respect for those who have fallen for us

Posted by C.Joan post:

Yes it should be a stat holiday to remember the fallen and serving military and mandatory for school going children to attend so they learn the sacrefices made by many

Posted by Jordan:

This is outrageous that rememberance day is not a holiday. Just think about it: we get a holiday on Christmas Day to celebrate the Christian holiday, and how we would not be be here if it weren’t for Jesus’ great sacrifice. Now who do we Canadians owe all of our individual lives too? That’s right, to each and every brave soul that was lost fighting for our Country (RIP), and to each and every warrior that is still fighting for our country, and as well as each and every veteran that served our country. Look at the rest of the holidays in Canada; if there are any events worth taking real time off and participating in, then in my Canadian opinion, that is Rememberance Day.

Posted by John Armstrong:

Absolutely without a shadow of a doubt! My Father, and many others, died in the war for Canada and Us!! The least we could do is "officially" remember them!!

Posted by Mary-Ann Gibson:

I recommend Remembrance Day be designated a stat holiday across Canada, and that it be expanded to include honoring police services and firefighters for their service.

Posted by Natasha Landry:

I think it should absolutely be a stat holiday. Being afraid that some people spend the morning in their pyjamas is not a valid reason to not make it a stat holiday. After all these same people could stay in their PJs on Easter or Good Friday and not partake in the traditional ceremonies. But no one ever said we should not make Good Friday a stat holiday because of it. And this, despite the fact that not everyone is Christian. I am. But I was just using this as an example. IN the past I used to think that with most Veterans being dead that the Holiday was becoming a moot point *but that's when I was younger. With a new generation of soldiers fighting to protect Canada from terrorism and modern day threats and with a lot of young soldiers coming back with PTSD. Spending Remembrance Day working like any other day and not celebrating our heroes would be a grave injustice and a huge insult to our brave soldiers.

Posted by Rick:

I believe that Nov 11th should be a holiday, absolutely everything should shut down except for essential services. It should not be a paid Stat. The day has already been paid for by those who made the ultimate sacrifice. God bless those men and women who fought for our freedom, those men and women who died for our freedom, and those men and women who wear the uniform today and are willing to do what must be done to maintain our freedom. Don't forget to wear red on Fridays to show your support for the troops.

Posted by Irshad Mahmood:

To avoid discrimination with MB, ON, QC, NS provinces, it MUST be a National Holiday

Posted by Wayne:

At some point I changed my mind, I do not think it should be a stat holiday. If it was then you won’t get many more people involved in the services. At least being a work/school day means that kids have not choice but to observe it. I think more companies are allowing workers to take some of the day off to partake in the commemoration which is commendable, hopefully many more do. They would rather workers leave for an hour or two than leave for the day. If the government could mandate community involvement on that day then great, otherwise a stat holiday just says the family can stay in their PJs in the morning - which defeats the whole purpose.

Posted by larry Milman:

We are expressing gratitude for someone who gave their life/lives for us. Why is that different than Good Friday, or Remembrance Day?

Posted by Deryk Upton:

Fellow Canadians, I disagree with most comments I reviewed. I think there is a middle ground, that has not been advocated. It is a very unique day and thus should have an equally unique observance. Half day for those who attend the ceremonies, schools closed until post ceremonies,same for all non essential services and businesses, parents encouraged to introduce this part of our history to children, resist the temptation to treat yourself to a lazy morning and really and truly think about the desperate and horrible many endured, in all actions - on our behalf.

Posted by Natalie:

Remembrance Day is a misnomer in Alberta. As a teacher we, once again, pick up the slack and ensure students have a Remembrance Day ceremony at school on the last schoolday before Remembrance day, as the lion's share of students do not attend community services on Nov. 11...that way students can stay home and have a holiday...what a bastardization of what the day was intended for...we should be laboring as hard as possible to recognize the hard work and valiant efforts and sacrifices of our war veterans...instead we lounge around like the entitled miscreants we have become

Posted by Vicky Jones:

I strongly agree that Remembrance/Armistis Day be a Statutory Holiday Canada wide as a show of our deep respect to those men, women & families who sacrificed so much for all we have today! As a disabled member of Society, I encounter daily struggles & complications just trying to exist. I can only imagine what those men & women endured with the primitive medical care they would receive in the field. Also how much pain they suffered even without injury just trying to exist in extreme heat, freezing cold & pouring rain! Afghanistan,Iraq & Syria with their 40 degree heat, Vietnam with the swamps & all of the other natural disasters in different countries are all a testament to their internal fortitude & dedication! My grandfather was a Sgt in the 2nd war & my moms only brother a Sgt in Korea. Let's hope & pray this immature word war between Trump & Un doesn't bring us to a 3rd war!

Posted by Pierre Major:

All Canadians should be off on Novemeber 11,I don't know many people who go to church on Good Friday, so the argument saying that people would treat it as only a holiday, is ridiculous. When I hear that government employees, Banks,7 provinces and 2 territories receive it and the balance do not, its preposterous.You either treat all Canadians equally or you do not give it at all.

Posted by Ibrahim Khaldon Al-kawwaz:

I absolutely believe that this should be a stat holiday. We seem to forget those that fought for our freedom.

Posted by GERRY BARON:

if it wasn't for the veterans we will probably not have any of our holidays.they deserve more than some moments of silence

Posted by sandy granville:

Without a question this day should be a stat holiday all across Canada! These Vets fought for our country and our enlisted soldiers are still representing our country. I cannot believe this day is not acknowledged in every province!!

Posted by Mary Ellen:

It is very confusing Why some provinces , hopefully participate in Rembrance day events across those provinces. I live in Ontario, one of the province's not inclusive In the stat day. Each year if the date falls on a Monday to Friday, my traditional work days, I book a vacation day to attend the parade. And the cenetaph event, the back to the legion. To have a beer or a ginger ale with the veterans , that are still with us. My dad was a vet , and was very proud of it. I believe. It should be a stat day on the actual date , as that is when the events do happen.

Posted by Mike:

I absolutely believe this should be a national holiday recognized and appreciated by all who are now able to enjoy the freedoms that people gave their lives for .

Posted by Val :

I absolutely believe that this should be a stat holiday. We seem to forget those that fought for our freedom.

Posted by Taylor:

If your worried about kids not learning in school about Remembrance day, make it a half day. Thus in the morning they can learn about Remembrance day and in the afternoon they can attend real ceremonies to respect the vets. This would enforce adults and parents who do not participate in any Remembrance day ceremonies to be able to get out and be apart of them- its too difficult to get the time off work to visit a ceremony but with half day everyone is happy. Children still get to learn in school about the day (not that they couldn't in the days leading up to it) and adults get to attend respectful ceremonies to give their respects.

Posted by Thats all I ask:

An ‘Ode’ to a veteran. He was getting old and crotchety And his hair was falling fast, as he sat in the Sienna lounge, Telling stories, of the past. Of a war that he had fought in And the deeds that he had done, of his exploits with his buddies all heroes - every one. And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors His tales seemed just a joke, yet All his buddies listened quietly For they knew where of he spoke. But we'll hear his tales no longer, For ‘ol' Joe has passed away, And the world's a little poorer For a Veteran died today. He won't be mourned by many, Just his children and his wife, For he lived an ordinary - simple - quiet sort of life. When a politician leaves this earth, his body lies in state, Where thousands note his passing, And proclaim that he was great. Papers tell his story From the time that he was young, But the passing of a Veteran Goes unnoticed - and unsung Who gave the greatest contribution To the welfare of our land? A bigs-shot who breaks his promises And cons his fellow man? Or was it ‘joe’ a nameless Vet Who in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his country And offers up his life? The politician's salary And the style in which he lives, Are often disproportionate, To the service that he gives. When, countries are in conflict, We find that a Veteran's part Is to clean up all the troubles That the politicians start. While the ordinary Veteran, Who offers up his all, Is paid off with a medal And perhaps a pension - small. If we cannot do him honor While he's here to hear the praise, Then at least let's give him homage At the ending of his days. just a headline In the press, that might simple say: “Our country is in mourning “For a veteran - died - today.”

Posted by Diane LeBlanc:

Shame in Quebec! Remembrance day ua Canadian!!

Posted by Debbie Sigfusson :

It does not seem right that some provinces observe this holiday and others do not. This needs to be all or none. Given the huge significance of our forefathers paving the way for our freedom, it should be observed by all Canadians.

Posted by Martha:

I think is should be a holiday as well. People think that during a work day you will have the minute of silence..... Not in my case. It's a go go all day and even though the president sent an email first think in the morning saying that at 11:11 we should you a silent moment in my 11 years working in this institution I have never done it. I would rather go to a commemorative ceremony that all the city halls have in their cities and honor and remember that people died for our freedom and to remember the ones that are in a hostile territory. I took a vacation day once and went to Ottawa, that was an amazing commemoration... And it is up to the parents to make the holiday a day to remember...

Posted by Cynthia Eyre:

My first reaction was that yes, of course it should be a national stat day but there is a very good point in NOT making it a stat, in that most people would not bother to observe unless they had been TAUGHT to... in schools growing up - every year. This creates an in-grained emotional response that is very difficult to ignore as an adult. If children have the day off, most do not have parents who have the means (many will still work and take a lieu day) to take them to memorial services whereas schools hold them or, bring the children to them. I believe that the best way to keep the history alive and to prevent war is to ensure that all children are educated in matters of the human cost of war - rather than have them sit on the couch playing war video games with no consequences. So, NO - November 11 should not be a statutory holiday.

Posted by Cathy:

Yes there is no more important day to have as a Stat holiday than to remember and Thank all those men and women who fought for our freedom. Take away the Queen's birthday...if you think we have too many holidays...but to say that Remembrance day is just another day to sleep in...that is an insult to all the men and women who went days, weeks, months and years "not sleeping in" but to fight for us...all of us. Show some respect....and each Province should be showing the same respect to this is not a matter of having another holiday it is a day to show respect to those who fought for us...and who continue the fight for us.

Posted by Jason:

If it does not become a stat holiday I would think it is not to much to ask for us to get 2 hours off from 10 to noon to get to a cenotaph to pay our respects.

Posted by Aden:

I think Remberance Day ought to be a national stat holiday. I live in BC and the turn out for the ceremonies is huge. There is also a tv audience. This notion of kids in schools talking about is so quaint but fails to include most of the population. Make it a national Statutory holiday. Especially in view of the fact we have veterans of latter conflicts such as Afghanistan

Posted by Wayne:

Since when did the word 'Holiday' have such a negative connotation? A day 'off' wouldn't necessarily be a for sure 'end' to 'remembering' our fallen soldiers... It's a perk, that we should be exercising. I'm very productive on my days off - don't bash or blame others because you are NOT. That's not part of what being a Canadian is about -

Posted by Tiffany wirth:

Considering we are recognizing the men And women who fought for our freedom you would think Ontario would be just as concerned about recognizing this as other provinces. It says something about our leaders and their lack of respect for those who gave them the freedom to be in the powerful positions they are in. I’m sure it has something to do with money as it always does with these people.

Posted by Trevor:

Remembrance Day should be a STAT holiday to remember those who have fallen in the face of war, we owe it to them! they have given us everything we have in this world today and it should be imperative that we honour that. We should take the time to pay our respects to those who have lost their lives for this country. If we look at what is happening in the world today, we are not that far away from another world war.....maybe taking the time to honour and listen to those who have experienced it will turn a light on and wake the country up to avoid it happening again.

Posted by Valerie Crebo:

Canada has lost a lot of traditions and values over the years that we once practiced without thinking. Remembrance Day is a value everyone should be grateful for because without this value being recognized we are ignoring the cost of all the past, present and future soldiers that fought to protect our country to ensure we have the freedoms we have today that we take granted and we shouldn't. Is one day too much to give up to remember the brave men and women who have protected us. Look at what most of them gave up. Thousands and thousands gave their lives, others gave parts of their bodies, while others still combat PTSD. So how can 1 day to honor these people be ignored by tasking people to work when they should be remembering and giving thanks? How did the all mighty dollar become more important than our freedom? My Great Uncle died in WWI at the age of 21. He believed in what he fought for. My Grandfather fought in WWI and because of the gases used he had lung problems for the remainder of his life and unable to work to support his family as much as he would have liked. My father fought in WWII for 6 years returning to Canada with PTSD and health deterioration over the years. You wonder why the solders do not talk about their experiences. It is because what they saw was so horrific they did not want to put the pictures they have in their heads in ours. Every province in Canada should be standing up for our soldiers, past and present, protecting them and their memory instead of standing up for the companies that only care about "How much $$" this will cost them. I can guarantee it will not cost the companies anywhere what it has cost our soldiers and their generations of families. So YES, Remembrance Day should be a Stat day to remember and to celebrate our courageous soldiers and our wonderful country, Canada, that we call home.

Posted by Felicity Martin:

I think that remembrance day should be a holiday all over Canada as there was Canadians from all over that died or still living relatives of people that died . I hear the Legions complaining about people not remembering or caring any more; but perhaps if they did this, & had a program for people to attend that was available & interesting: people might attend more. I'm not talking just a parade or standing at the citidel (monument) but a real program that was almost mandatory. I think you know what I mean & it would help educate the world & the kids. My father & grandfather both served in the previous wars. Thank you very much.

Posted by Kelly Jamael-Zach:

Without these brave men and women, we wouldn't be even celebrating the civic or Canada day so I think Nov 11 is more important

Posted by Victor C Craig:

All of us in NORTH AMERICA are alive, breathing, thriving and not living under Nazi or Communist rule because of the dedication and sacrifices by those of us who served in military. Tomorrow, I will proudly wear my still-fitting uniform as I teach immigrants to speak English

Posted by Rita Gravina:

Remembrance Day is taught in or schools and will continue to be taught, whether it is statutory holiday or not. I am a history teacher and feel a great need to have this taught. Each and every school should commemorate this so that students at all grade levels can understand why soldiers sacrificed their lives in the name of democracy and freedom. Perhaps this is where government needs to step to ensure that programs exist on this day, services are happening in community centres and churches, museums and archives are kept open, libraries are running programs and showing films and documentaries about war etc so that families could observe this day of remembrance with their children. If it is to be made a statutory holiday then something needs to be put in place in our communities so that parents and children can participate in these events and activities as a family. This by no means should mean that it should not continue to be commemorated in schools. Our school service is unbelievable with staff, students, parents, the community and alumni all being involved. I am proud to be teaching at my school which dedicates so much attention to this day. Our veterans deserve one day of commemoration for a life of sacrifice.

Posted by Wendy rejesky:

I remember a time when it was a holiday i could join my comrades in arms and give thanks to those that died and served now i work and take i minute of silence this year thankfully on a saturday i give thanks to all who fought so i dont have to

Posted by Ryan Hirji:

Ontario should have Remembrance Day as a stat holiday. Do these idiots who don't want it as a holiday even know what our soldiers have gone through? Everyone should be watching or taking part in Remembrance Day ceremonies. If you don't, go to a different country.

Posted by Darlene:

It should be a statutory holiday for many reason. We take a moment of silence for those who died for us. How do expect people to be honor these fellow people if you don't make it a stat holiday around the world. These men and women went to war on our behalf we should be taking the day and honoring them for what they have done.

Posted by markb:

I own a company that supports about 60 other companies. I have no choice but to open Remembrance Day as half of the companies take the day and the other half work. Both my grandfathers and my father in law were in the army during world war II and one grandfather lost his life. I think it is a very important day to reflect. Look at all the turmoil in the world during this time. Fighting and War are not the answer, we have to remember that.

Posted by Shirley Nolan:

I think that Remembrance Day should not be a holiday, it is meant to be exactly that- a day of remembering those many men and women who lost their lives for our freedom, which we have. They did not fight so that there could be another holiday. Many people, especially this year, will treat it as a long week-end and will not even think about the meaning of this day. It is not a HOLIDAY.

Posted by Joe:

In my opinion Remembrance Day is only second to Christmas. I cannot believe this is still up for debate. So many people lost there lives fighting for our country and allowing us to have the lives and privileges we have now. This is a no brainier and it is not a holiday but a day of remembrance of the men and women that went thru hell to defend our way of life. I have nothing but respect for those people and I hope we never go through it again.

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