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Remembrance Day in photos: A time for reflection in Canada

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 2:31 PM - As Canadians prepare to mark Remembrance Day, we reflect and honour so many who have sacrificed their lives for the liberties and freedom we have today.

It was originally called Armistice Day, signifying the armistice agreement the Allies and Germany formally signed, which ended the First World War on Nov. 11, 1918.

Over 2.3 million Canadians have served our country and more than 118,000 have died.

The poppy is another symbol from World War I. During four years of combat, the poppy was one of few plants to flourish in the churned soil of the battlefields in Belgium and France. The red flower grew around grave sites of fallen comrades, which gave Guelph-born John McCrae the inspiration for his iconic poem, "In Flanders Fields."

WATCH BELOW: WEATHER OF WAR - THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE (video originally published in 2017)

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