Remembrance Day is a time where people all across the country stop and remember those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we cherish today.

At the 11th hour Sunday, which is the 11th day of the 11th month, people around the nation will pause in silence to honour the more than 116,000 Canadians who have died in war.

Ceremonies and events are planned nationwide, include many in the Toronto and GTA area, for which details can be found here.

Ted Barris, an author, historian and professor at Centennial College, has been interviewing veterans for more than 40 years.

Most recently he spoke to a veteran who went into the German-controlled French port of Dieppe on August 19, 1942, for one of Canada’s bloodiest battles.

“He told me that the bodies were stacked this high, and he held his hand about waist-high,” Barris said. “He described to me how he came through that, and he was astounded that he could.”

He says it is something that many veterans still have a hard time talking about.

“The tears were steaming down his face, and my eyes were welling up as well. How can you not be moved by a man’s story of survival like that?” Barris asked.

As the two World Wars were so long ago, Barris says it’s important we listen to their stories and feel what they felt.

“We’re losing veterans very quickly, it’s hundreds of Second World War veterans and Korean War veterans every week,” Barris said.

It’s also important to remember that not all our veterans are old, as for the many soldiers who went to Afghanistan, the war is still very fresh.

“You see the difference between a veteran who has come back Afghanistan today or in the last months, and one who went into Dieppe in 1942, the guy who went to Dieppe has had time to process it,” Barris said.

More than 150 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the Afghanistan mission.

Now mostly viewed as a peacekeeping nation, Canadian soldiers played vital roles in both the first and second World Wars, winning several key battles for the Allied Forces while being recognized for their perseverance and ingenuity.