On November 11th, every year since the First World War, Canada observes two minutes of silence at 11:00 AM in memory of those who served in the wars of Canadian history and gave their lives in the line of duty.
In the weeks coming up to Remembrance Day, Canadians reflect on the way these wars touched the lives of our nation: all ages, races and social classes were forever touched by war and what it left in its wake. Red poppies are a commonly recognized symbol for Remembrance Day, associated with the poem, “In Flanders Fields” by Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. Red poppies also bloomed across Flanders battlegrounds in World War I, and are often associated as a symbol of the blood spilled in that war and those that followed.
We wear red poppies as a symbol of respect for the month of November to mark that we remember the efforts made by Canadians to protect our security, safety and freedom. Those who fought in wars believed our safety and peace was at risk and consciously chose to do everything in their power to defend our nation.
Remembrance Day hits especially close to home for A1 Air Conditioning & Heating, as President Peter Messenger remembers his father who repaired the Trackers (aircraft used by the Navy in its anti-submarine operations) when he was in the Navy. Peter and his father recently visited the Heritage Warplane Museum to make a donation of $2,000 in order to support remembering and honouring our Canadian history and educating youth and future generations of the wars their ancestors fought in. A1 is honoured to have their name inscribed on the Museum’s hangar door and would like to encourage others to consider making a donation to this or another worthy cause this Remembrance Day.
Each of us have likely read or heard a war veteran’s account of their time spent at war, these brave men and women should be recognized for their sacrifice and never forgotten. This November 11th, remember what they sacrificed and please consider contributing to the preservation of their memory.
If you’d like to donate to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, click here.
You can also support the Canadian War Museum, here.
Other notable charities that you could donate to are:
Operation Raise a Flag in which Canadian flags are planted in front of the Veterans’ Residence Centre and Sunnybrook grounds on November 11th to give them a patriotic thank you for their service to our country.
Wounded Warriors Canada, which provides physical and emotional assistance and support to wounded veterans and their families.
True Patriot Love, which supports veterans and military families in successfully integrating back into regular society.
And on the simplest level, don’t forget to buy a poppy from your local Royal Canadian Legion, this small act goes a long way in presenting a united front in thanking and remembering the brave men and women who did their part for our country and our freedom.
A1 President Peter standing with his dad Paul in front of the plane Paul worked on while he was in the Navy.