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National Day of Honour in Canada

Quick Facts

Canadians observe their National Day of Honour with vigils, parades, and a moment of silence in memory of the country’s 12–year mission in Afghanistan.

Local names

National Day of HonourEnglish
la Journée nationale de commémorationFrench

National Day of Honour 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

National Day of Honour 2015

National Day of Honour does not occur in 2015
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Canada’s National Day of Honour is a one–time event on May 9, 2014, to recognize the completion of the country’s mission in Afghanistan. It honors the more than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces men and women who served as well as others who contributed to that mission.

An annual event that commemorates all Canadian Armed Forces members' sacrifices and service is Remembrance Day, held on November 11.

A Canadian army captain stands on high ground looking over Panjwai, Afghanistan.


Observe National Day of Honour

Activities that have been organized include a special event on Canada’s Parliament Hill, a nationwide moment of silence, and vigils. Messages in social media, including facebook and Twitter, have been circulated to commemorate the day with words such as: @SoldierOnCAN #SoldierOnCan #SOAR #OurForces #NosForces #DayofHonour #Jourdecommemoration

Public life

National Day of Honour is a one–off national observance in Canada. Many businesses, schools and government organizations take part in the day.

About National Day of Honour

In 2014, the Canadian government declared May 9 as a “National Day of Honour” to remember the hard work, dedication and sacrifice that Canadians made during the country’s mission in Afghanistan. The day also recognizes the support of military families, friends, and all Canadians. More than 40,000 Canadians served in Afghanistan starting from 2001. March 31, 2014, marked the end of the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan.

National Day of Honour Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
FriMay 92014National Day of HonourObservance 

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