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  • [Airplane flying and crashing noises]

  • Back from the dead.

  • Survived the war.

  • My name's Ronnie.

  • I'm going to teach you something today that is very important

  • in many countries of the world, probably including your country.

  • It commemorates people who fought in the war,

  • World War I, World War II, and what we're

  • doing is we are respecting people who gave their lives for our freedom.

  • Thanks, soldiers.

  • Have you noticed that when you walk around in November, people are wearing red flowers

  • or a red pin on their jackets?

  • And you may ask yourself: "Why...?

  • Why are people wearing these red...?

  • Is this...?

  • Is this a new brand?

  • What's happened?"

  • What has happened is Remembrance Day.

  • Or if you are living in America, it's called Veteran's Day, and in other countries of the

  • world it's called Armistice Day.

  • This day is November 11th.

  • So, what happens on November 11th at 11am is we have what's called one minute of silence.

  • That means at exactly 11am for one minute we do not speak, because we are remembering

  • men and women who died in the wars.

  • So, we have a very special way to say this, we say:

  • "The 11th hour"-which is 11am-"of the 11th day of the 11th month".

  • So this is November 11th at 11am.

  • You might think: "Well, hey, hold on, Ronnie. You think that the war just ended at 11am?

  • They're just like: 'Oh, we're not going to fight anymore'?"

  • No.

  • Unfortunately, it didn't happen like that.

  • What happened was it marked the end of World War I in 1918.

  • So, November 11th at 11am there was a treaty signed and

  • it marked the end of World War I in 1918.

  • But then you know history, and go: "Hey, there was a World War II."

  • Yeah, so there was a World War II-has that ever ended?-and it ended at a different date,

  • but this holiday commemorates people who have fought in any wars.

  • So, what does Remembrance Day...?

  • What...? What does it commemorate?

  • Why do we have this?

  • As I told you, we remember members of the armed forces.

  • "Armed forces" means people in the military, so people in the Army, the Navy, the Marines,

  • anywhere where there's armed forces who died in the line of duty.

  • "In the line of duty" means they died while at war or while fighting.

  • In the USA, they also have a special day called "Memorial Day".

  • Now, Veteran's Day and Memorial Day is a little bit different in the USA.

  • Memorial Day is actually for the people who died, but Veteran's Day remembers anyone and

  • everyone who fought in the war.

  • Like in Remembrance Day and Armistice Day, even if you didn't die in the war, if you

  • fought in the war, we are remembering and respecting your time and your life that you

  • gave for our countries.

  • In America, Memorial Day is the last Monday in May, but Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day,

  • and Armistice Day is November 11th.

  • So, you might still be thinking, like: "Whoa, Ronnie, what?

  • I'm so confused.

  • November 11th, why are people wearing poppies?

  • I don't get it.

  • I don't understand about poppies."

  • So, the reason why we wear poppies, which are a red flower on our jackets, is because

  • there is a very, very famous soldier...

  • Well, he was more than a soldier actually.

  • He was a Lieutenant, so this word is Lieutenant-Colonel, and he was a doctor, and he was Canadian.

  • He was a Canadian physician.

  • He earned the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

  • His name is John McCrae.

  • John McCrae wrote a really famous song...

  • Or, sorry.

  • Poem, probably a song, "In Flanders Fields".

  • Now, Flanders is a place in Belgium where there was a war.

  • So, what happens is the people who were in the war were buried in Flanders Fields.

  • He wrote a poem.

  • When I was in school...

  • Any school child in Canada has to recite the poem:

  • "In Flanders Fields where poppies grow, among the crosses, row on row, that mark our place".

  • Bam.

  • So, what happened is he was talking about poppy fields that grew that marked the soldiers'

  • graves.

  • Another lady thought this was kind of cool, and decided to use the poppy as the emblem

  • or the symbol to represent brave men and women who fought in the wars.

  • If Remembrance Day teaches us nothing to remember the people,

  • how about we talk about not having wars?

  • Let's try that for the next Remembrance Day.

  • Until next time, we salute the troops.

  • See ya later.

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