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Military veterans are individuals who have served or are serving in the armed forces.  Sometimes, veterans that have been in involved in military conflict are called "war veterans".  

We thank and honour those who are dedicated to protecting us.  We express our appreciation for the men and women in uniform who with their actions and sacrifices guarantee the freedoms we cherish.  FreeTiiuPix pays tribute to the brave and selfless individuals, past and present, who give their very best in service to our nation.


"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause.  
Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, 
as he best can, the same cause."  
~Abraham Lincoln ~


What are the holidays with which we honour our veterans?

Armistice Day

On November 11th in 1918, major hostilities of World War I were formally ended with the signing of an agreement known as the Armistice of Compiègne to end the fighting on the Western Front.  It went into effect in Paris time at "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month".  This date has been a national holiday in many allied nations as a day of remembrance. 

Did you know...

that the first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace with King George V hosting a banquet?

Following South African Sir Percy Fitzpatrick's proposal, it becomes the custom to have two minutes of silence observed at 11:00 local time as a sign of respect.  The first minute is for the 20 million people who died in the war.  The second minute is dedicated to the living left behind - wives, children and families affected by the conflict.

After the end of World War II, most member states of the Commonwealth of nations began to commemorate both World Wars.  Many adopted the name "Remembrance Day".    The United States previously observed "Armistice Day", but the U.S. holiday was renamed "Veterans Day" in 1954.


Veterans Day (United States)

Veterans Day is the renamed Armistice Day and is an official United States federal holiday to honour military veterans. 

What is the correct spelling?  Commonly spelled with the possessive case "Veteran's Day" or "Veterans' Day", the official U.S. spelling according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs states that the attributive (no apostrophe) is the official spelling "because it is not a day that 'belongs' to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans".

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, not to be confused with Memorial Day which honours those who died while in military service.


Remembrance Day (Canada)

Remembrance Day commemorates Canada's war dead.  It is the anniversary of Armistice Day which was renamed in Canada as Remembrance Day in 1931.  

The federal department of Veterans Affairs Canada states that the date is of "remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace".   It is also called "Poppy Day" by some.  

A red poppy has become the emblem of Remembrance Day based on the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.  Dr. McCrae, a Guelph, Ontario native, served as a doctor with the Canadian Artillery in the First World War.  He was inspired to write after being shaken by the battlefield death of a close friend.  Written in May of 1915, his words are relevant to every conflict since.   


The Poppy - a symbol of blood spilled during the war.

During the Napoleonic Wars, the poppy flower drew attention as a mysterious flower that bloomed over the graves of fallen soldiers.  The poppy became widespread in Europe after soils in France and Belgium became rich in lime from debris and rubble from the fighting during the First World War.  The little red flowers flourished around the gravesites of the war dead.

In the 20th century, the poppy flower was again noticed blooming in France and Belgium when their soils became rich in lime from rubble during the First World War.  The flowers flourished around the graves of the war dead as they had 100 years earlier.

Dr. John McCrae took note of the flowers and wrote his famous poem In Flanders Fields. Two days before the Armistice, a Moina Michael was on duty in the reading room at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries’ headquarters in New York—a place where U.S. servicemen would often gather with friends and family to say their goodbyes before they went overseas. After reading McCrae’s poem, Moina made a personal pledge to always wear the red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and for “keeping the faith with all who died.”

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 bravely 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.

Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918) - 1915

In 1920, Anna Guérin—the French Poppy Lady—attended the national American Legion convention as a representative of France’s YMCA Secretariat. She was inspired by Moina Michael’s idea of the poppy as a memorial flower and felt that the scope of the Memorial Poppy could be expanded to help the needy. She suggested that artificial poppies could be made and sold as a way of raising money for the benefit of orphaned children and others who had suffered greatly as a result of the war.

In 1921, Madame Guérin visited Canada and convinced the Great War Veterans Association of Canada (predecessor to the Royal Canadian Legion) to adopt the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in aid of fundraising; which it did on July 5th of that year.

Source: Government of Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada - Canada Remembers:

10 Quick Facts on The Poppy


Memorial Day - United States

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States to remember the people who died while serving the country's armed forces.  The holiday originated as "Decoration Day" after the American Civil War in 1868, when an organization of Union veterans established a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May.  Volunteers and families visit cemeteries and memorials and place an American flag on the graves of those who died in military service.

Again, not to be confused, Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who died while serving their country.  Veterans Day celebrates the service of all military veterans.


Memorial Day - Canada

In Canada, Memorial Day is observed together with Canada Day, in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

While Canada Day (A day to celebrate Canada becoming a self-governing dominion of Great Britain in 1867 via the British North America Act - today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) celebrations are festive and joyous, time is taken to remember the contributions made of the provinces' veterans, particularly those who participated in World War I.  


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Photographed November 11th, 2015 at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto, Canada, home to Canada's largest WWI Veteran burial section.  "At the rising of the sun, and at it's going down; We Remember Them."


Memorial wreaths Rememberance Day at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto

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Veterans memorial at Prospect Cemetery at Remembrance Day

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Cross of Sacrifice at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto

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Dedicated to Canadian and Allied veterans and their spouses, the "Cross of Sacrifice" was designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.


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Their name liveth for evermore.

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Poppies are worn on the left lapel of a garment as close to the heart as possible.

Many people place their poppy on a wreath or at the base of a cenotaph or memorial as a sign of respect at the end of a ceremony.



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Memorial Poems

Funeral Poem

I though of you 
with love today
but that is nothing new,
I thought about you 
and days before that too,
I think of you in silence
I often speak your name,
Your memory 
is my keepsake
with which I'll never part,
God has you in His keeping
I have you in my heart.

Author Unknown



Poem of Life

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
A resting place 
along the road,
to sweet eternity.

We all have 
different journeys,
Different paths 
along the way,
We are were meant 
to learn some things,
But never meant to stay...

Our destination
 is a place,
Far greater 
than we know.
For some 
the journey's quicker,
For some 
the journey's slow.

And when the journey
 finally ends,
We'll claim 
a great reward,
And find 
an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.

Author Unknown



Memories in the Heart

Feel no guilt in laughter,
she knows 
how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile
that she's 
not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever,
she would not 
want you to.
She'd hope that 
you can carry on,
the way you always do.

So talk about 
the good times
and the ways 
you showed you cared.
The days you 
spent together,
all the happiness 
you shared.

Let memories 
surround you.
A word someone 
may say
will suddenly recapture 
a time, an hour, a day.
That brings her 
back as clearly
as though she 
were still here
and fills you 
with the feelings
that she is always near.

For if you keep 
these moments,
you will never be apart,
and she will live forever
locked safe 
within your heart.

Author Unknown



Not, How Did He Die,
But How Did He Live?

Not how did he die,
but how did he live?
Not what did he gain,
but what did he give?

These are the units
to measure a worth
Of a man as a man,
regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church,
nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended
those really in need?

Was he ever ready, 
with word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile,
to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch
in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry
when he passed away.

Author Unknown





The Native American Prayer

Oh Great Spirit,
whose voice I hear
in the winds,
and whose breath
gives life to all the world
- hear me -
I come before you,
one of your children.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength
and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty
and make my eyes 
ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands
respect the things
you have made,
my ears sharp to
hear your voice.
Make me wise,
so that I may know
the things you have
taught my People,
the lesson you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength
not to be superior
to my brothers,
but to be able to fight,
my greatest enemy,
- myself.
Make me ever ready
to come to you,
with clean hands
and straight eyes,
so when life fades
as a fading sunset,
my spirit may to to you
without shame.

Prayer by 
Yellow Hawk
Sioux Chief







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