Official First Day Cover bears a domestic stamp illustrated with a white dove, a recognized symbol of peace, hovering over barbed wire strung across a battlefield. The stamp is cancelled in Ottawa, Ontario, the home of the National War Memorial, which is featured on the reverse side of the cover. Unveiled in 1939 in honour of those who fought in the First World War, the memorial was rededicated in 2014 to honour all Canadians who have served and died in conflicts past and present. On the front of the Official First Day Cover, a photograph from the City of Toronto Archives depicts armistice celebrations on downtown streets.After more than four years of bitter fighting, an armistice between the Allies and Germany ended the war at “the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
Armistice Day was observed on a Monday in early November from 1919 until 1931, when a campaign led by the Canadian Legion resulted in a fixed date of November 11 and a new name: Remembrance Day. Every year since then, people have come together to observe two minutes of silence in honour of all the brave men and women who have served their country in times of war, military conflict and peace.
ISSUE DATE: October 24, 2018, STAMP DESIGNER: Burke & Burke; Larry Burke, Anna Stredulinsky, ILLUSTRATION: Jillian Ditner, STAMP VALUE: PermanentTM (domestic rate), QUANTITY PRODUCED: 8,000, DIMENSIONS: 109 mm x 112 mm, CANCELLATION SITE: Ottawa ON