In Canada, Memorial Day is a public and federal statutory holiday, with statutory holidays in all three regions and six of the ten states. The Canadians begin the anniversary celebration with a special mass, playing the “Last Song”, the “Memorial Aether” (verse four) and a two-minute silence at 11:00 pm.
After that, they dedicated a wreath to the local War Memorial. At the National War Memorial, representatives of the Canadian Army attended a special ceremony before the wreath was placed. On this day, people regularly wear red paper poppies.
USA Veterans Day
In the United States, this day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. There are many religious services to pray, thank, wreaths, and say parades for the fallen people.
The two-minute silence usually begins at 11:00. Government offices, banks and schools are closed due to holidays. Other companies are taking this opportunity to offer sales opportunities.
How to Celebrate Veterans Day in England
In Britain, the official celebration was moved to the nearest Sunday in November 1939 to prevent production disruptions at war-supporting factories. British people usually wear cotton poppies on their collars at least one month before the anniversary. Throughout the UK, there was about two minutes of silence at 11:00 am.
Australia and New Zealand Veterans Day
Australians and New Zealanders honor soldiers who died during World War I in Gelibolu, Turkey, on Anzac Day. The event is held on April 25th every year. Soldiers and veterans from Australia and New Zealand attend the sunrise celebration. They then hold a parade of veterans and retired military men and women.
France Veterans Day
The French celebrate the Armistice Day ending at the local War Memorial with parades in different parts of the country. Among them, the highlight is the parade at the Arc de Triomphe. In France, this day is a day of reflection, and there is a silent prayer at 11:00. Because it is a holiday, stores, offices and banks are closed and most people wear black or dark clothes.
Norway Veterans Day
Norway began celebrating Veterans Day in 2010. They celebrate Veterans Day on May 8th each year. This day honors World War II veterans, members of the United Nations peacekeeping forces, and those who participated in other international conflicts. This day is also Victory Day in Europe, when the Allies officially accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II.
The above is how Veterans Day is celebrated in Belgium and several other countries. This holiday isn’t just celebrated in the United States. Many countries that fought in World War I and World War II, and other major conflicts in recent years, have been honored in their own way by their homeland. However, despite the different dates and formats of the celebration, each country thanked the men and women who bravely fought to protect their country.