Remembrance Day, November 11th, is a time to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives protecting and defending our nation, and to honour veterans and those in active service. Evolving out of Armistice Day (also celebrated on November 11th), the red poppy symbol was inspired by “In Flanders Fields”, a poem by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae which used the red flower as a symbol for the blood spilled on the battlefield. Once, real poppies were worn on the holiday, today, they are usually stylized paper poppies.
In addition to paying tribute to others this Remembrance Day, if you are a veteran, please take a moment to check that your resume, LinkedIn profile, and other personal branding makes note of your status as an honourably discharged or retired veteran. It’s not about boasting of your service, but a simple mention of your status as a veteran tells a story about you as a candidate for any position. As a vet, hiring influencers know that you have additional skills and experience that are unique to those who have served, and highly desired by employers.