Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day

Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day honour those who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.

Learning about our national history and Canada’s role in significant world events is an important and valued part of social studies in Alberta. In high school social studies courses, students may examine the contributions of Canada’s military as part of their consideration of globalization, the pursuit of nationalism, and internationalism and the roles and responsibilities of citizens in times of conflict. The K–12 Social Studies Program of Studies (français) also provides opportunities for students in all grades to examine current affairs, such as this year’s 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Milestones in Canadian Military History

The year marks a number of significant anniversaries and milestones in our country’s military heritage. Such occasions are commemorated to ensure that the sacrifices and achievements of those who served in times of war, military conflict and in peace support operations are recognized within the context of the personal freedoms enjoyed by all Canadians.

100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign

100th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Ypres

100th Anniversary of the Writing of In Flanders Fields

70th Anniversary of V-E (Victory in Europe) and V-J (Victory over Japan) Day

70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands

65th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Korean War

60th Anniversary of the Beginning of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to the Congo

Suggested Online Resources

The online resources on this page are intended to help teachers, students and families learn about, honour and remember all those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace. When available, the French version of the resource is provided and noted as (français). 

Veterans’ Week 2015 Teacher’s Guide (français). This webpage from Veterans Affairs Canada provides links to educational resources developed to encourage youth to take an active part in remembrance learning, activities and events within their schools and communities.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Vimy Ridge Remembered (available in English only). This webpage describes the battle at Vimy Ridge and includes eyewitness accounts, links to information on the memorial and articles on student visits to the site.

Canadian Geographic Education

This webpage provides a geographical perspective of events surrounding the Allied invasion of Sicily, Italy, known as Operation Husky (français), in July 1943. The webpage contains numerous activities for students.

Canadian War Museum (français)

This website contains history and statistics on Canada’s involvement in military conflicts. Resources for students (français) and teachers (français), including a Remembrance Day toolkit, (français) are available.

Historica Canada

  • Canada at War (français): This webpage  provides a listing of various online educational resources related to Canada’s participation in the First and Second World Wars.
  • Marion Orr (français): This webpage provides a brief history and contains a Heritage Minute video of a Canadian woman who flew military aircraft during the Second World War.
  • John McCrae (français): This webpage provides a brief history and contains a Heritage Minute video of John McCrae, a Canadian soldier of the First World War and the author of “In Flanders Fields.” This webpage also includes a lesson plan to accompany the video.

Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association 

The Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association’s mission is to educate all Canadians on the role of Canada’s soldiers in the Battle of Hong Kong and the effects of Japanese internment on the battle’s survivors (i.e., soldiers and families). This website includes information about the association and provides a Teachers’ Zone (français) that contains teaching resources, lessons, and details about the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association Cross-Canada Writing Contest.

Juno Beach Centre (français)

This website contains information on Juno Beach in Normandy, France, where Canadians landed on D-Day (June 6, 1944) including numerous teacher resources (français). To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in 2014, the Juno Beach Centre has included extra information (français) on its website. There are also photos (français) of the Juno Beach Centre, a museum and cultural centre dedicated to the war efforts of all Canadians during the Second World War.

Critical Challenge: Three Dramatic Events (français). This webpage provides suggested activities for grade 5 students regarding the dramatic effects of the First World War, the Great Depression and the economic boom immediately following the Second World War by assessing the impact of these events on Canada’s economic well-being. 

Library and Archives Canada

Canada at War: A Guide to Library and Archives Canada’s Websites Recalling the Canadian War Experience (français). This webpage provides resources exploring Canada’s contributions to military and peacekeeping operations at home and around the world. Each link leads to a virtual exhibition or a database of primary source documents.   

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

The National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces department of the federal government provides opportunities for students to write messages to Canadian Forces members (français). 

No Stone Left Alone (français)

This website contains information about the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation. The organization’s mission is to honour our Armed Forces by placing a poppy on the headstone of every sailor, soldier, airmen and women that have gone before us to ensure that the younger generations will never forget their sacrifice.

Royal Canadian Legion (français)

This website contains information about the Legion’s Poppy Campaign and resources including a teaching guide, contests and various songs, including ceremony music, for Remembrance Day ceremonies.

The Memory Project (français)

This website contains stories from veterans who served during the Second World War and the Korean War and their experiences in combat, behind the lines and elsewhere during the wars. This site includes veterans’ stories (francais) based on hometown, training base and conflict.

Veterans Affairs Canada (français)

This website is dedicated to highlighting the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war, armed conflict and peace. It contains educational resources that may be ordered online or downloaded.

  • The First World War (français): This webpage offers Canadians the opportunity to learn about Canada’s role in the First World War.
  • Aboriginal-Canadian Veterans (français): This webpage contains information about the response of Aboriginal soldiers to the wars, their sacrifices, achievements and outstanding accomplishments in both World Wars and the Korean War. 
  • Women and War (français): This webpage contains information on the contribution of Canadian women in times of war, military conflict and peace. First-person stories, photographs and links are provided.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (français): This webpage contains biographical information on Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, author of the poem, “In Flanders Fields.”
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM) (français): This webpage contains a registry of information about the graves and memorials of Canadians and Newfoundlanders who gave their lives for their country. This site also contains photographs and personal memorabilia about individual Canadians.
  • Heroes Remember (français): This webpage contains video interviews with Canadian Veterans of the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and today’s Canadian military. Veterans provide first-person accounts of their service to Canada and share anecdotes of their experiences.
  • Students (français): This webpage features information on the learning resources produced specifically for students.
  • Educators (français): This webpage contains various learning and teaching resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.