Today is Remembrance Day and hopefully you're all proudly donning your red poppies – if not, then get one today, give generously, and shake the hand of the war vet who is selling the poppy to you – you owe him/her a whole lot of gratitude.
The Last Hundred Days, World War I
Canada made great contributions and sacrifices in the First World War. Our many achievements on the battlefield were capped by a three-month stretch of victories at the end of the war during what came to be known as “The Last Hundred Days.” According to Veterans Affairs Canada, victories in France (at Vimy Ridge) and Passchendaele, Belgium, had earned our army the reputation for being the best-attacking Allied troops on the Western Front. When the Allies planned the offensives that would ultimately win the war, Canada’s soldiers were given the responsibility of being at the forefront of the attacks.
The Battle at Vimy Ridge
The Battle of Vimy Ridge is one of the greatest battles in Canada’s history. For the first time in the Great War, all four Canadian divisions fought together on the same battlefield. Canadian valour and bravery brought about a fantastic victory, not only for Canadians but for the entire Allied force. This was our battle and Canadians are known for this war triumph.
World War II
In September 1939, Canada declared the state of war. Standing up for its allies and summoning all its human, industrial, and financial resources in an ongoing war effort, Canada mobilized one of the strongest military forces in its history. At sea, on land, and in the air, Canada was involved in the great campaigns that led to the fall of the German Reich and brought back peace.
On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces invaded the Normandy coast of Nazi-occupied France, and the Canadian forces' entry point was a stretch of beach code-named Juno Beach. Hundreds of Canadians died that day but, for the Canadian forces, D-Day was a triumph that is still honoured at home and on the beach they called Juno. Fourteen thousand young Canadians stormed Juno Beach and were met with the biggest opposition that they had faced, however their courage, determination, and self-sacrifice were the immediate reasons for the success in those critical hours.