Remembrance Day in Pictures

Take a minute to look back at the sacrifices of Canadian men and women.


Jana Vijayakumar
November 11, 2013

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  • Today, we pause to remember the sacrifices of men and women who gave their lives in military service. The First World War saw the deaths of 60,383 Canadians and left 155,799 wounded. Battles along the Western Front, including those at Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, and Somme demonstrated the tremendous cost of war. The Second World War saw over 1 million citizens serve in military uniform, with over 45,000 lost in the fighting. We remember the sacrifices made by Canadians at Dieppe, on the beaches of Normandy and in all battles in water and on land. On Remembrance Day, we also remember those who sacrificed their lives serving in the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict, and all who have contributed to peacekeeping missions around the world. These images from the War Museum of Canada are a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of Canadian men and women throughout the years:

    First World War: Life in the Trenches - "Every day our defences were leveled. Every night we would crawl out, after long hours spent flat on our stomachs, covered to the neck in mud and blood, and endeavour to repair the damage. Every night we lost a few men, every day we lost a few men." - Harold Peat

    ph213   First World War: Soldier Guides Wounded Comrade  ph221   Second World War: Destruction on the Beaches of Dieppe ph34   Second World War: Caring for the Injured - Nursing Sister Lieutenant B. Rankin administers a blood transfusion to a wounded soldier in Montreuil, France, 10 September 1944.


    Second World War: Canadian Landing at D-Day


    Peacekeepers: The Birth of Peacekeeping - Lester B. Pearson was the driving force behind the creation of the United Nations peacekeeping force. Here, United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) personnel continue on patrol in Egypt as part of mission during the 1956 Suez Crisis.


    Conflict in Afghanistan: Rebuilding Education - Sergeant Mariangeles Najlis meets with Afghans to help transform a former Soviet military base in Kabul into a school for 1,100 children.