This Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War. Each year, at 11:00 on the 11th day of the 11th month, we observe one minute of silence to remember and commemorate those who have served and died in wars and armed conflicts. The fighting officially stopped on November 11, 1918, but the war was not officially over until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. After the second World War, this annual armistice commemoration on November 11th became known as Remembrance Day.
A very small way that we can pay tribute to the sacrifices of others is to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in our communities. Throughout the year, we can also take part in running and walking events that honour those who lost their lives while fighting for their country or serving their communities. Below are two annual Running Room-sponsored events that carry out this mission, while also raising funds for the communities and the families affected.
Canada Army Run
The Canada Army Run is about Canadians and the Canadian Armed Forces – Air Force, Army and Navy – joining together in the spirit of camaraderie and community. It’s a chance for the troops to extend the military esprit de corps to Canadians and to thank them for their support. And, it’s an opportunity for Canadians to show appreciation to the men and women who serve them in so many ways at home and abroad.
The idea for Canada Army Run was sparked at the 2006 U.S. Army Ten-Miler in Washington D.C. when Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare (now retired, but then in the third highest ranked position in the Canadian Army) crossed the finish line. He turned to his Director of Army Training, Colonel Dean Milner (now a Major-General) and asked: “Why aren’t we doing this in Canada?” The Colonel replied, “Sir, you’re the general. You tell me!”
Now in its 11th year, the 2018 Army Run welcomed 20,000 runners and walkers to Ottawa and raised over $2.5 million dollars for Soldier On, which provides assistance to ill and injured soldiers and military families in need. Next year’s event will take place on September 22, 2019. To learn more, visit armyrun.ca.
Three Fathers Memorial Run
The annual Three Fathers Memorial Run in Moncton was started by the running friends of RCMP constables Doug Larche, Dave Ross and Fabrice Gevaudan, who were killed in the line of duty in 2014. The run continues to honour the Three Fathers and their families, providing a way for the community to remember the three men, who were runners themselves.
The funds raised at this event – as well as from sponsorships and other fundraising activities – are distributed as scholarships for the six high schools served by the Codiac RCMP.Next year’s event is scheduled for June 16, 2019. For more information, visit threefathersmemorial.ca.