The purpose of this page is to honour the memory of those Canadians who answered their country's call, who served, fought, and all too often died, to preserve freedom and a way of life for future generations of Canadians.

In addition, many others gave their lives in support of peacetime operations, performing the dangerous but necessary missions to preserve peace.

In addition to the contents of this page, links are provided to some excellent sites which give a broader perspective of the meaning of Remembrance Day for Canada.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, please set aside a moment to give silent tribute to those who gave unselfishly of themselves, asking nothing in return, but that we should remember.

This site will remain accessible on PDI's main web site at all times.

*** New for 2009 ***

Following are links to some very moving videos which combine the sights and sounds of remembrance to remind us that in a democracy, freedom is never free but is secured only through the sense of duty, commitment, honour, dedication and support of its citizens.

Each of these videos will open in a new window. Simply close that window to return to this page.
  1. O Valiant Hearts - The hymn of our grandfathers & fathers following World War One, presented with the shadows of
    war amid the cemeteries & cenotaphs that hallow their sacrifice.

  2. Navy Hymn - Eternal Father, Strong to Save ... for those in peril on the sea.

  3. Abide With Me ... fast falls the eventide.

  4. Abide With Me + Schubert's 'Sanctus' - St. Paul's Cathedral Choir.

  * Dieppe, 60 years on: What is the truth?
  * Stony beach recognized as historic site
  * Spitfire pilot recalls dogfights over town
  * Dieppe Bugle brought back for Last Post
  * Nationwide services for 60th anniversary
  * Baptism of Fire - Dieppe
  * Dieppe (Veterans Affairs Canada)
Poetry, Prose and Music
   In Flanders Fields
   High Flight
   O Valiant Hearts
   For the Fallen
   Music of Remembrance
   A Pittance of Time

Some Related Links (Each will open in a new window. Simply close that window to return to this page.)
Our Heritage Preserved
The Books of Remembrance
Canadian War Museum
War Monuments in Canada
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
F-86 Sabre Pilots Memorial
CF-104 Pilots Memorial
CF-104 Starfighter Pilots Memoriam
R.C.A.F. Cemetary - Choloy, France

Some History
Veterans Affairs - Canada
The 1st Battle of Ypres
The 2nd Battle of Ypres
The 3rd Battle of Ypres (a.k.a. Passchendaele)
Passchendaele (BBC)
The Canadians at Passchendaele
The First World War - How It All Began
The WW I Document Archive
The British Army in WW I

The Victoria Cross
Canadian Victoria Cross Awards

Air Force
Sabre Pilots Association of the Air Division Squadrons
Canadian Starfighter Association
All Weather Fighter Association
Air Force Association of Canada
Canadian Air Force
R.C.A.F. 6 Bomber Group - WW2
R.A.F. Bomber Command - WW2
Canucks & Brits with R.A.F. Bomber Command
R.A.F. Bomber Command - 60th Anniversary
R.A.F. Commands
R.A.F. Fighter Command - Battle of Britain

Royal Canadian Legion
Music of Remembrance

The Veteran

It was the Veteran, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It was the Veteran, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It was the Veteran, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It was the Veteran, not the police,
Who has given us the right to be secure in our persons.

It was the Veteran, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the right to demonstrate.

It is the Veteran, not the politician,
Who defends our Nation

Victoria Cross

In Flanders Fields
Lt. Col. John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row.
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be Yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt. Col. John McCrae Bio

High Flight
Pilot Officer John G. Magee

412 Squadron, R.C.A.F.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

P/O John G. Magee Bio

O Valiant Hearts
Words By Sir John S. Arkwright
Music By the Rev. C. Harris

O valiant hearts, who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

Proudly you gathered rank on rank, to war.
As who had heard God’s message from afar;
All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave
To save mankind – yourselves you scorned to save.

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made,
Into the light that never more shall fade;
Deep your contentment in that blest abode.
Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.

For the Fallen
Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon Bio

The Music of Remembrance

O Valiant Hearts

Abide With Me

O God Our Help in Ages Past

Click on start button of consoles above to hear music courtesy of an Australian military band
(mp3 player required - quicktime or winamp)