A digital remembrance campaign has been launched by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), to encourage Canadians to remember from home this year.
The #ShineOn campaign hopes to heighten awareness and increase involvement this Remembrance Day, according to a media release from CWGC, dated Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.
This year, Remembrance Day will take a on a different form for the first time since Canadians observed it on November 11th, 1931. On the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is committed to honouring fallen Canadians despite restrictions on traditional Remembrance Day gatherings due to COVID-19, according to the release.
“Remembrance Day is going to be different this year,” said Barbara Barrett, in the CWGC media release. “There won’t be mass gatherings at the Cenotaph and war memorials, and many of us won’t be at our usual places of work to hold a communal two minutes silence. That’s why we are launching #ShineOn – an inclusive, accessible, digital Remembrance event.”
The CWGC needs the help of Canadians across the country to cast the net far and wide, and take a few selfless minutes to remember those who fought so we can live today. According to the release, Canadians can take to social media using the hashtag #ShineOn to share memories about fallen family members or friends. There is also a virtual experience on their website to allow people to name stars after commonwealth war dead.
“This Remembrance Day, we honour those who made the greatest sacrifice to secure a peaceful future for generations of Canadians,” said David Loveridge, CWGC’s Director for the Canada and the Americas Area. “In a year in which many of our Remembrance traditions sadly cannot take place as usual, we hope that Canadians come together virtually to pay tribute to Canada’s fallen.”
On Remembrance Day, CWGC encourages Canadians to take a moment at 7 p.m. (EST), and look up to the stars to remember the fallen. CWGC will be shining searchlights into the sky at key locations during this special moment, and they hope everyone will take part.
About Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two world wars. It also holds and updates an extensive and accessible records archive. The Commission operates in more than 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries. The CWGC has its Canadian office in Ottawa,