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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War. Learn about the significance of Remembrance day and the World Wars with this reading list for adults. To see the entire list of titles, click here.

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In Their Own Words
Edited by Ross Herb
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Topic: Letters | non-fiction | Remembrance Day | War
This book, edited by historian Ross Hebb, contains the letters home of three Maritimers with distinct wartime experiences: a front-line soldier from Nova Scotia, a nurse from New Brunswick, and a conscripted fisherman from Prince Edward Island.
This book, edited by historian Ross Hebb, contains the letters home of three Maritimers with distinct wartime experiences: a front-line soldier from Nova Scotia, a nurse from New Brunswick, and a conscripted fisherman from Prince Edward Island. Up until now, these complete sets of handwritten letters have remained with the families, who agreed to share them in time for the one-hundredth anniversary of the Great War's end in 2018. These letters not only give insight into the war, but provide greater understanding of life in rural Maritime communities in the early 1900s.
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The Black Battalion
Calvin W. Ruck
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Topic: African Canadian | Discrimination | History | Remembrance Day
Black military heritage in Canada is still generally unknown and unwritten. Most Canadians have no idea that Blacks served, fought, and died on European battlefields, all in the name of freedom.
Black military heritage in Canada is still generally unknown and unwritten. Most Canadians have no idea that Blacks served, fought, and died on European battlefields, all in the name of freedom. The story of the overt racist treatment of Black volunteers is a shameful chapter in Canadian history. It does, however, represent an important part of the Black legacy and the Black experience. It is a story worth reporting and worth sharing.
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In Flanders Fields
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Topic: Essays | Remembrance Day
A beautifully designed collection of essays on war, loss and remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writing of Canada's most famous poem.
A beautifully designed collection of essays on war, loss and remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writing of Canada's most famous poem. Among the 13 contributors: Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (ret'd) writes about the emotional meaning of the poem for war veterans; Tim Cook describes the rich and varied life of McCrae; Ken Dryden tells us how lines from the poem ended up on the wall of the Montreal Canadiens' dressing room. Gorgeously designed in full colour with archival and contemporary images.
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Agnes Warner and the Nursing Sisters of the Great War
Shawna M. Quinn
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Topic: First World War | History | non-fiction | Remembrance Day
Exploring the many ways in which trained and volunteer nurses gave their time, talents, and even their lives to the First World War effort, Shawna M. Quinn considers the experiences of New Brunswick's nursing sisters – the gruelling conditions of work and the brutal realities they faced from possible attacks and bombings.
Exploring the many ways in which trained and volunteer nurses gave their time, talents, and even their lives to the First World War effort, Shawna M. Quinn considers the experiences of New Brunswick's nursing sisters – the gruelling conditions of work and the brutal realities they faced from possible attacks and bombings. Using letters, diaries, and published accounts, Quinn paints a complete picture of the adventurous young women who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the Great War.
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They Fought in Colour
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Topic: Essays | First World War | History | non-fiction | Remembrance Day
They Fought in Colour is a photographic exploration of Canada's First World War experience, presented for the first time in full, vibrant colour, with essays by some of our country's leading public figures.
They Fought in Colour is a photographic exploration of Canada's First World War experience, presented for the first time in full, vibrant colour, with essays by some of our country's leading public figures. Explore life on the front lines, the huge support network needed to maintain the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and events on the home front in Canada, during the war that shaped the events of the twentieth century and continues to be present in our lives today.
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The Secret History of Soldiers
Tim Cook
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Topic: First World War | History | Remembrance Day
Tim Cook, Canada's foremost military historian, offers a surprising portrayal of how soldiers found solace, distraction and entertainment to escape the horrors of the trenches during the Great War.
Tim Cook, Canada's foremost military historian, offers a surprising portrayal of how soldiers found solace, distraction and entertainment to escape the horrors of the trenches during the Great War. Over the years, both writers and historians have overlooked this aspect of soldiers' lives, as there are no official histories or records. These tales come from the soldiers themselves, captured in letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral accounts.