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Remembrance Day Quiz and some more Trivia……

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

Our Tribute to War Time Heroes is approaching quickly. I am pleased to add this Quiz all the way from Japan, My friend Marilyn  Schick whose brother is a Veteran of the Canadian Army. DJC Maxwell was RCASC, Clerk Admin for those who may know him. He now resides in TRUMPLAND.

  Answers soon. Please do not google try your memory.

  1. Who wrote the poem In Flanders Field
  2. Where was the poem’s author born (bonus if you know the date)
  3. Where did the poem’s author go to school and when did he complete his degree.
  4. During the South African War what unit was the author in charge of
  5. When WWI broke out in 1914 the poems author was 41 years old. What role and unit was he assigned to
  6. When was he stationed near Ypres, Belgium (near Flanders)
  7. What event inspired the poem In Flanders Field
  8. When and where was the poem first published
  9. When did the poems author die and where is he buried?

Canadian Trivia:

Here is a little more Remembrance Day Trivia for you.
  1. Canada is far from alone in celebrating Remembrance Day. Throughout the Commonwealth, it’s marked with one or two minutes of silence, although in some of those countries, like the UK, it takes place on the second Sunday of the month. Outside the Commonwealth, there are many variations on the day: in France, it’s Armistice Day; in the US it’s Veterans Day; in Poland, Independence Day. In Germany, he armistice itself isn’t celebrated; instead, Volkstrauertag commemorates those who died in armed conflicts or as the victims of violent oppression.
  2. The day initially was intended to commemorate the Armistice of Compiegne, an agreement between the Allies and Germany. The terms: cessation of fighting, withdrawal of German troops, exchange of prisoners and a promise of reparations. The name changed to Remembrance Day in 1931 following a bill introduced by Progressive MP Alan Neill.
  3. The Armistice of Compiegne was actually signed on the 11th of November, 1918 at 5am not 11am. But according to the terms of the accord, peace didn’t come into effect until six hours later – at the famous 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year.
  4. From 1919 to 1931, Armistice Day was celebrated on the Monday of the week during which November 11 fell. And from 1921 to 1931, that day was also designated as Thanksgiving. That all changed in 1931: the same bill which remanded the day to Remembrance Day also fixed it on November 11.
  5. In the UK the remembrance poppy is made of our paper, whereas ours is made out of molded plastic. Animal Aid, a UK animal rights group, issues, purple poppy to be worn alongside the red one commemorating the animal victims of war. This year, a campaign to hand out whit poppy pins, which symbolize peace rather than remembrance, has drawn criticism for politicizing Remembrance Day.
  6. The symbol of the poppy is derived from In Flanders Field but the custom of wearing a symbolic poppy comes from Mona Michael, A YWCA worker who inspired by the poem, decided to wear a silk poppy in commemoration. The National American Legion adopted the flower as its official symbol in 1920 and the next year, the Commonwealth nations followed suit.
  7. According to the Royal Canadian Legion, the lapel poppy should always be worn on the left lapel, close to the heart, and shouldn’t be combined with another pin, such as a Canadian flag. Generally, poppies are worn starting from the last Friday in October until 11am on Remembrance Day.
  8. Inscribed in the seven illuminated Books of Remembrance are the names of more than 118,000 Canadians who’ve died in war since Confederation. The books commemorate: The first World War (66,655 names); Second World War (44,893 names), the Newfoundland dead of the two World Wards (2,363 names); the Korean War (516 names); the South African War and Nile Expedition (283 names); the Merchant Navy (2,199 names); the Service of Canada (1,300 and counting).
  9. Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Solider is located at the National War Memorial in Ottawa’s Confederation Square. It contains the remains of an unidentified soldier who died in the First World War – but those remains weren’t brought to Canada until the year 2000, when they were selected from a cemetery near Vimy Ridge.
  10. The familiar Remembrance Day bugle call was used in the British Arm to indicate that all the sentry posts in a camp had been inspected and to signal to any soldiers remaining on the battlefield that the fighting was over for the day. According to Veterans Affairs Canada, in Remembrance Day ceremonies it now symbolizes death.
  11. The Memory Project is an initiative of Historica Canada that acts as a record of Canada’s participation in the Second World War and Korean War, as well as in Peacekeeping operations. The site contains stories about the individual war experiences of Canadian soldiers, along with audio interviews, photos and letters.


On that note I attach a photo of some of our Members here In Scotland selling Poppies last week.  Please note the Canadian Veteran wearing both his Grandfather’s and Father’s Medals in their honour. That should be on the quiz which Commonwealth Country makes it a Criminal Act to wear the medals of a deceased  Family Member?

Please  wear a Poppy  and always Remember our Veterans who paid the ultimate price.

Also our serving soldiers and the military family.

Nil Sine Labore












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