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Old 06-07-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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Yesterday was June 6, the day Americans commemorate the invasion of Normandy in 1944. British and Canadians also participated. Of course, the number of WWII veterans is fast decreasing.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Thornhill, Ontario
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Yes we commemorate D-Day.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Canada
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We don't have a special holiday or anything, if that's what you're asking, but sometimes there's stories in the paper. What do Americans do to commemorate the event?
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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We don't have a special holiday or anything, if that's what you're asking, but sometimes there's stories in the paper. What do Americans do to commemorate the event?
BIMBAM is right as usual (well, almost always! ). There were reports on the news for sure. Perhaps the military does something as well (not sure) but as far as public commemorations they are rare.

You did have bigger public events in Canada for the 50th and 60th anniversaries though if I recall.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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We don't have a special holiday or anything, if that's what you're asking, but sometimes there's stories in the paper. What do Americans do to commemorate the event?
It usually makes the national news. In some places, veterans get together for a reunion, but time is taking its toll on them. I remember a local man who was one of those Army Rangers who assaulted Pointe du Hoc (sp?) in advance of the main invading force. He was interviewed on ABC when he traveled to Normady for the 40th anniversary. He died about 10 years ago.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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You spelled it correctly. So I think we commemorate it pretty similarly, with the media making some note and the veterans or military marking the day in some way. I think that VE and VJ days are a similar deal. Of course, the big public day to honour our war dead is Rememberance Day, on November 11th, and we wear red poppies on our clothes for many weeks leading up until the day. The poppies are sold by the legion and November 11th was once known as Armistice day, the end of Great War ended. There's a minute of silence at 11:11 in the morning and many public rememberance ceremonies at the cenotaphs and on the campuses. The poppies remind us of this poem by a fallen lieutenant colonel and medical doctor from Montreal, John McCrae. The bit about sleeping is a nod to morphine coming from poppies.

IN FLANDERS FIELDS Poem, by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

As far as I understand it, there's a veteran's day in the US where you honour your veterans. Do you also have a separate day to honour the dead, or is that part of veterans' day?
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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As far as I understand it, there's a veteran's day in the US where you honour your veterans. Do you also have a separate day to honour the dead, or is that part of veterans' day?

Our Veterans Day is your Remembrance Day, November 11. It used to be called Armistice Day. We also have Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May, ostensibly to remember all American soldiers who died in war. All too often, however, it is treated as a three-day weekend starting the summer vacation season.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Thornhill, Ontario
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Our Veterans Day is your Remembrance Day, November 11. It used to be called Armistice Day. We also have Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May, ostensibly to remember all American soldiers who died in war. All too often, however, it is treated as a three-day weekend starting the summer vacation season.
Remembrance Day isn't even a stat holiday in Canada. Sure, the people who work for the government get it off, but otherwise most businesses are open.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Our Veterans Day is your Remembrance Day, November 11. It used to be called Armistice Day. We also have Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May, ostensibly to remember all American soldiers who died in war. All too often, however, it is treated as a three-day weekend starting the summer vacation season.
Sadly, that is the status of Memorial Day in the US. The Brits, Canadians, and other countries seem so much more respectuful about the war dead.

I don't know if you saw this, but it was all over Facebook on the Memorial Day Weekend. I doubt British or Canadian folks would need to be reminded like that on November 11th. It is a shame. Memorial Day should be moved to a static date in May the same way 4th July is treated. If it falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday, too bad. Maybe that would help. But you are right, most people just act like it is the start of summer. Meanwhile, as a friend of mine whose brother was killed in action told me, to his family it is anything but.


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Old 06-09-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Remembrance Day isn't even a stat holiday in Canada. Sure, the people who work for the government get it off, but otherwise most businesses are open.
It's province specific, British Columbians get the day off but I don't think they have family day like you guys do in Ontario so it evens out.
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