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November 11th, 2012, 01:39 PM
Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Europe and the Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty since World War I. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

Every year, thousands attend remembrance ceremonies in all major cities across Canada, and tens of thousands make it to the National Remembrance ceremony, held at 11 AM at the War Memorial cenotaph, a stone’s throw away from Parliament Hill.


The connection of this day (and in particular to the First World War) to Canadians has two main pillars: one is the Battle of Vimy Ridge (http://pages.interlog.com/~fatjack/vimybattle.htm), which is recognized by historians not only as a major allied victory, but also as a coming of age moment for our country and our national identity.

The second is In Flanders Fields (http://www.flandersfieldsmusic.com/thepoem.html), the poem written by Canadian field surgeon Lcol John McCrae, which has come to symbolize war, remembrance and provides the poppy as the everlasting symbol of war remembrance.


Yesterday, at CFB Trenton, a new memorial was unveiled, this one in remembrance of the hundreds of Foreces perdonnel that perished suring Canada’s effort in Afghanistan, Trenton being the base where all of the repatriation ceremonies were held (http://quinteonhomesforsale.com/post/2599502/the-afghanistan-repatriation-memorial-in-trenton-ontario).


Join us today in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom.

(Visit my original post (http://itywltmt.blogspot.ca/2011/11/montage-30-remembrance-day-le-jour-du.html)for more commentary on the selections for today's playlist)

Samuel BARBER (1910-1981)
Adagio for Strings, op. 11
Saint-Louis Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conducting

Henry PURCELL (1659-1695)
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation (Hymn of dedication)
Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
Maj. Michael A. Rehill, conducting

In Flanders Fields
Poem by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
Roy Green, recitant

Last Post
(The track includes two minutes of silence/la piste inclut deux minutes de silence)
Uncredited trumpet solo

Amazing Grace
Uncredited bagpipe solo

Daniel Adams BUTTERFIELD (1831–1901)
Taps (1862)
USAF Heritage of America Band
Uncredited conductor

Uncredited trumpet solo

Nightfall in Camp
Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry
Maj. Michael A. Rehill, conducting

Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976)
Ballad of Heroes, for high voice, chorus and orchestra, op.14
Martyn Hill Tenor
London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Richard Hickox, conducting

Maurice RAVEL (1875-1937)
Le tombeau de Couperin, pour piano, MR 68
Robert Casadesus, piano

Charles Edward IVES (1874-1954)
Decoration Day from A Symphony: New England Holidays (Holidays Symphony), S.5
Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, conducting

Many of the selections I have used ion the montage can be found at the official website of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (http://www.rhli.ca/veterans/remembranceorder.html).

Montage @ http://archive.org/details/RemembranceDay_71

Other montages you may want to listen to:

The Music of World War I (http://itywltmt.blogspot.ca/2011/11/montage-29-world-war-i-la-premiere.html)
The Music of World War II (http://itywltmt.blogspot.ca/2011/11/montage-31-world-war-ii-la-deuxieme.html)