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On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Embassy of Canada held its annual holiday tree lighting reception hosted by Deputy Head of Mission, Denis Stevens. This year, the balsam trees adorning both the Embassy’s rotunda and lobby were gifts of the Delong Family Farm of New Germany, Nova Scotia, and the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. The beauty of these balsams infuse Canada’s corner of Pennsylvania Avenue with the holiday spirit.
With guests joining us from Capitol Hill, public and private agencies, and other embassies, it was an opportunity to reflect on the unique relationship Canada and the United States’ have as close trade and security partners. As part of the evening’s festivities, guests were treated to the talents of local a cappella group, The Capital Hearings.
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On November 11th, we honour and remember our veterans, and all who served Canada during war, armed conflict and peace. At 10:40am, Embassy staff, Canadian military personnel and distinguished guests gathered in the Embassy rotunda for a Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony began with an address from the Commander Canadian Defence Liaison Staff, Major-General Matern. Ambassador Doer gave his remarks, reminding the audience of the brave Canadian men and women currently serving in Afghanistan.
The Act of Remembrance in this ceremony included a reading of Flanders Fields, the playing of the Last Post and a moment of silence. To conclude the ceremony, wreaths were laid by General Matern, and Ambassador Doer. A second wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice at the Arlington National Cemetery.
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The Poppy has stood as a visual symbol of our Remembrance in Canada since 1921. Each November, as we proudly wear these red flowers we are ensuring that our memories of those who died in battle will remain strong. Moreover, it serves as a symbol of unity for those who recognize the sacrifices that were made for their freedom, and it forges a bond between people of all ages, not only within Canada, but around the world. Through donations, the Poppy Campaign raises more than $14 million annually for the support of Veterans and their families.
Remembrance Day poppies are now available at all US consulates during working hours. Be sure to pick up your Poppy and contribute to the Poppy Campaign. If you are unsure where your consulate is located, please visit the can-am.gc.ca site.
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