Flaunt Your Frenchness Tip #21

Rendez-Vous #21: Remembering, Souvenons-nous

November 11, a day to remember. This memorial day is celebrated in most Francophone countries since the end of the First World War. We commemorate the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.


The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.


In France the blue cornflower (Bleuet de France) is used symbolically rather than the poppy. In the language of flowers, the cornflower symbolizes delicacy and timidity, and indicates a pure, innocent, or delicate intention. Read more.













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Did you know? November 11 is a national holiday in France and Belgium too. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at 11:00 am—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”



  • Click here to view the 2011 Canadian celebration in Ottawa.
  • Click here to discover a snippet of the ceremony in France. You’ll recognize the “Bleuet”.
  • Click here to watch a Ted Ed video explaining World War I in 6 min.

Newsletter #21 – Remembering, Souvenons-nous


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