On October 19th, 2009, Canada Post will begin issuing a stamp in remembrance of fallen soldiers. Featuring a single poppy and details from the National War Memorial in Ottawa, the stamp reminds us of the famous poem In Flanders Fields written by Doctor John McCrae during WWI, while serving in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. November 11th, also known as Poppy Day or Remembrance Day, commemorates the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the armistice was signed and WWI officially ended.
Also called the War to End All Wars, WWI had a total of 16.5 million casualties, 9.7 million of which were military. World War II, the bloodiest conflict to date, had over 60 million casualties, of which over 20 million were military, the balance being civilian casualties.
Sadly, since the War to End All Wars, there has not been one single day of peace unmarked by a war or conflict in some part of the world.