Remembrance Day is a yearly memorial day that is observed in many Commonwealth countries, including Canada, to remember those who died in military service, and honor those who served in wartime.
Canada celebrates the event each year on 11 November — the anniversary of the Armistice agreement of 1918 that ended the First World War.
Decades after WWI, history abounds with stories of many forgotten Muslim heroes who fought for freedom in Europe a century ago.
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This year, a local mosque in Montreal is commemorating the occasion by honoring Muslim soldiers who died in WWI as well as Indigenous veterans, CTV News reported.
The Jama’at Ahmadiyya congregation in Montreal North organized Sunday’s virtual event.
“400,000 Muslims fought alongside the British in the First World War,” said Ishque Fonseca, the mosque’s imam.
The online ceremony brought together 70 Montreal Muslims and politicians. It also commemorated Indigenous Veterans Day, which recognizes the contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Metis to the military.
“First Nations, Inuit and Metis people across Canada set an important example for all Canadians for the respect and honor they express for veterans,” she said.
A study by think tank British Future maintains that just 22% of people in Britain knew Muslims had fought in the Great War.
In addition, a research by Dr. Islam Issa, Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University, proved that 1.5 million Indians and 280,000 Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians fought for the Allies during the WWI as well as soldiers recruited from other parts of Africa.