Armistice Day Lapel Pin


An annual day of commemoration for Canada’s war dead began after the First World War. With some 60,000 Canadians killed, the war produced a profound sense of loss in a country whose greatest military tragedy to date had been 267 dead in the South African War of 1899-1902. The huge cost of the so-called “Great War” was truly stunning for Canada, as it was for all combatant nations. As early as April 1919, Isaac Pedlow, Member of Parliament (MP) for South Renfrew, introduced a motion in the House of Commons to institute an annual “Armistice Day,” to be held on the second Monday of November. The term “armistice” denotes the cessation of hostilities in a conflict, and it was used universally for the final silencing of the guns that ended the First World War at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918.

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Armistice, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marked the end of the First World War in 1918. It is the foundation of the Tradition of Remembrance. It is a significant goal of the Legion to maintain the connection between Remembrance Day and the historic events on which the tradition is founded. To help you carry this message we offer these one-inch diameter die-struck pins that are enhanced with a highly polished finish and quality hard enamel, backed with a reliable clutch back attachment. They can be worn on almost any garment throughout the year, and come attractively presented on a decorative, descriptive card.

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